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Choose Your Wolf Wisely

Updated on February 10, 2017

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The Story Begins

There is a well known story from the Elizabeth Berg novel, “The Year of Pleasures”, about a Navajo grandfather who once told his grandson, "Two wolves live inside me. One is the bad wolf, full of greed and laziness, full of anger and jealousy and regret. The other is the good wolf, full of joy and compassion and willingness and a great love for the world. All the time, these wolves are fighting inside me." "But grandfather," the boy said. "Which wolf will win?" The grandfather answered, "The one I choose to feed."

The point of the story is that everyone has both negative and positive thoughts that occupy their minds each day, approximately 70,000 thoughts on an average day. Choosing empowerment and positively, or negativity and unhappiness, is a decision that we are making every day… whether we realize it or not. The main thing is that we do have a choice.

Live for today. Help others. Be grateful for what you have. Ask God for help so that you are not alone. We can’t wait for an ideal situation to arrive, instead we create the ideal situation with action and gratitude.

It Really Does Make Sense

In real life, nature teaches us that wolves are in fact dangerous predators. If you can, imagine that our mental "wolves" are from our troubles and fears and are growling and “pawing” at our very core of trust and faith. We must not be defeated by our regrets of our past or fear of the future. If you experience a regret over a past act or freeze up because of being afraid of what happen, will you succumb to the fear of the unknown or will you meet it head on with confidence?

Looking into the future of tomorrow creates fear, uncertainty and doubt. Those fears will lead to procrastination. They can also form expectations which will only lead to disappointment. You will be feeding the bad wolf. It will ruin any chance of growth and change in your life.

Feeding the good wolf is merely having a positive self-image, belief and strong self-esteem. It is relying on your feelings of faith, trust, gratitude and beliefs. It is living in the now of today. Remember that you get what you focus on, whether it's positive or negative. You want to focus on things that are positive and helpful. The choice is yours. Your mind will give you everything you ask of it -- and it will give you it in quantities beyond your wildest dreams. Ask better questions, you get better answers. Or, do you remember the " GIGO" acronym ? Garbage In; Garbage Out....it started as a real life computer term, but is commonly used to describe our human decision making process. A person's focused positive thinking can result in life-changing results. If this is true, then what are you waiting for? Why not start yours today?

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Sounds Like a Plan

There are only two days that I must be on guard against.…yesterday and tomorrow. No amount of money, fame or riches can buy changes to yesterday. All the wishing in the world combined cannot undo what is done. Forget yesterday, it is forever in the past.

But, tomorrow may never come. Tomorrow holds it's own secrets. No amount of worrying today about something will change what tomorrow is going to bring. All we do is waste whatever energy we may have for today on useless and fearful thoughts. I think deep down we know this, but because we don't dwell on it, our inclination is to put things off.

Imagine that today was your last day on earth. Would you be satisfied with what you did with the time given to you? Would you regret not making the most of the opportunities afforded to you? The lesson here is to make the most of what you have and what you have is today and only today.

What way would best help you benefit from having a regret?

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