The Test of Time
I love a good story! Stories are passed down from generation to generation with the classics surviving the test of time. Great stories mirror the human nature in all of us. One would suspect, after thousands and thousands of years, that the common moral in “good versus evil” stories would be a no brainer, with good winning the gold every time. So why doesn’t it?
The story rendition below is taken from the Virtues for Life website:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Each of us is given choices on a daily basis. It’s the culmination of our choices that map out our character over time. It’s been said before that if we want world peace, it must first be found in our own hearts and homes. In terms of self-respect, I’m reminded of the instructions given by flight attendants on aircraft pre-flight checks, “Before assisting others with their oxygen masks, secure yours properly first.” Treat yourself with love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness. Recreate your life story so that it will stand the test of time.
Published in the Bay City Tribune on June 12, 2016.