Each time I post something whether it is on Instagram or on here, I post whatever is on my mind and heart that day or that minute. I am continuously working on being intentional on my posts because I haven't always been especially while I was a bit "lost" in the direction that I wanted to take things, ha ha! So tonight, as I am writing a more reflectional blog entry, I wanted to share with you this story that has been heavily on my mind today...
Maybe you have heard of the old Native American story about the two wolves, maybe you have not and if you haven't then you definitely need to and I will briefly summarize the story for you.
Here it goes...
Once upon a time, there was a Cherokee (or Navajo) grandfather, who told his grandson, “Grandson, there are two wolves inside of me. One wolf is white, good and altruistic, generous and kind, and the other wolf is black, mean and greedy, violent and angry. The two wolves are in a constant fight within me.” The grandson, with wide eyes, says, “But which one will win, grandpa?” And the grandfather says, “The one which I feed.”
When I reread this story tonight to refresh my memory, I couldn't help but pick apart every decision I make throughout an entire given day and reflect on which wolf I fed in each.
Was I feeding the white wolf or the black wolf by eating that entire tub of ice cream?
Sometimes I really want to flip out on people for being incompassionate and overly critical but by flipping out on them am I feeding the white wolf or the black wolf?
What about skipping church? Participating in negative conversation? Giving my time away to people who are toxic? Spending money I should be saving? I mean, I really could make a list.
What I love about the story is 1.) It is authentic and 2.) The story is very straightforward in the sense that if you know which wolf you want to feed then you are recognizing that you have the power to make good decisions and determine the quality of your life... like HELLO isn't that awesome that we have the power to literally choose how we want out lives to go?
Healthy or not healthy? Happy or depressed?
It literally is black and white... literally! I think most of us know by now that for every bad decision we make there is a negative outcome. For every good decision we make there is a positive outcome.
Yet, we justify most of our bad decisions when we know what is true and pure...