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Personal Development: The Two Wolves Within Us...A Moment With Bill Article

Updated on March 20, 2013

THEY ARE ALWAYS WITHIN US


Lions, wolves, and vultures don't live together in herds, droves or flocks. Of all animals of prey, man is the only sociable one. Every one of us preys upon his neighbor, and yet we herd together.
John Gay

They are always within us, the two wolves of our nature. Like any other living being, they depend on nourishment to survive. They both gather at the same feeding trough, but there is only so much food to go around and inevitably one receives more than the other, and it is that one that grows strong.

Which do you feed on a regular basis?

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THE SAVAGE BEAST


One can be seen as ravenous for the blood and entrails of its neighbor. The blood of a fresh kill drips from its fangs as it goes in search of its next victim. This is not a pack animal by any means. It hunts in solitude. It may or may not gain satisfaction in the wounding of others, but satisfaction is not necessary when following the inner voices.

Those inner voices speak of ego, self-gain and dominance. The savage beast feels no compassion, and it certainly does not feel empathy for its victims. This is Darwinian survival at its most basic level, and it is frightening to witness but, in a very primal way, easy to understand.

It is a tough world out there and only the strong will survive, right? There are losses in any community so stiff upper lip old chum, and every man for himself. Strike first and strike hard, and he who is left standing will return for another day at the table of life.

Worry not for your fellow man. Shed no tears for those who cannot support themselves. Lose no sleep worrying about the hungry and abused, lost and forsaken. If someone hurts you then hurt them more. The law of the jungle has served you well in the past, so keep following that law until you, too, eventually become one of the fallen.

Howl at that moon in a cry of defiance and dominance, for you are king of these woods and you need no one else…..but still…..several notes in that howl sound very much like loneliness and despair, for where is the joy in such action? Where is the joy in selfishness and excessive self-gratification?

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THE PACK ANIMAL


Then there is the other within you. Wolves can often be found in packs, working within a community to provide and nurture, and so it is with this wolf. It cares about the members of its community. When one is weak then food is provided. When one is wounded then care is offered.

Protection and compassion are given to others because this wolf understands that the pack is only as strong as the weakest member. This wolf has learned that humility is much-preferable to ego, and giving much more rewarding than taking. When food is found it is shared with the entire pack, and safety is found in the community working together to protect all flanks.

When this wolf howls at the moon, it is declaring that it is alive and a vibrant and integral member of nature, not something to be feared but rather to be admired.

Something to consider

WHICH DO YOU FEED?


They both require food to survive, and there is a limited amount of food, so which one will you feed?

Will you feed the savage beast within you? Will you live a life of isolation and self-satisfaction? Will you forever be the taker and leave the giving to someone else?

Will you be the one that preys on the misery of others?

Will you be the one that tramples over the carcasses in your path, always looking for an advantage, always looking for the upper-hand in this game called life?

Will you be the one that ignores the cries of misery you hear at night and declares, by your inaction, that the problems of others are not your problems?

Or…….

Will you feed the pack animal within you? Will you be the one who reaches out a hand of help to those who so desperately need it? Will you be the one who stands up for injustice and refuses to ignore the whispers of helplessness?

Will you be the one who is a contributing member of society? Will you be the one who seeks to strengthen the pack rather than weaken it? Will you provide comfort and care for others? Will you be a living example of community, an integral piece in this puzzle of life?

Ever-vigilante and guarding against the beast within me.
Ever-vigilante and guarding against the beast within me. | Source

THE CHOICE IS YOURS


Each day of our lives we choose which wolf to feed. Through our actions, thoughts and words we can either be a positive influence or a destructive force. The choice is ours.

Consider, also, that we can change at any time. We do not have to continue feeding the black, snarling beast. We can make up our minds this very moment to funnel all of our efforts into strengthening the positive, affirming wolf and allow the other to starve and disappear forever.

Which will it be? Which of the two wolves will you allow to run free in your future? Remember that we are talking about your legacy. How will you be remembered? Which wolf will be remembered long after you are gone?

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Two wolves---two choices....well said, my Friend. It really is on us to decide what we bring forth and how we walk this walk.

      As always I am refueled for the day by your passion for life and for living it the best we can.

      Heaps of blessings, hugs, and Angels are headed to Washington this morning :) ps Voted up up and away ++++

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I just love this! The story of two wolves, and which one do you feed, is one of my favorite stories. BRAVO for bringing a modern twist to this aged old story.

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      Pete 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub. I was reading about choice just this morning. In fact this is what I posted to my Facebook status:

      At any given moment we can consciously choose to:

      think excellent thoughts, not mediocre thoughts;

      think fresh, exciting thoughts, not stale, boring thoughts;

      think compassionate thoughts, not harsh thoughts;

      think loving thoughts, not indifferent thoughts;

      think helpful thoughts, not hurtful thoughts;

      think faith thoughts, not fear thoughts;

      think bold thoughts, not comfort thoughts;

      think opportunity thoughts, not security thoughts;

      think giving thoughts, not getting thoughts;

      think grateful thoughts, not entitled thoughts;

      think responsible thoughts, not irresponsible thoughts;

      think reconciliation thoughts, not retaliation thoughts;

      think positive thoughts, not negative thoughts;

      think thoughts of victory, not thoughts of defeat;

      think about the promises of God, not the problems of this world.

      I like to think I feed the community wolf more, but at time my savage rises up too.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I think the salient point here is choice. Thank you for clearly illustrating, not only the choice, but the ability to change it. Great analogy, Bill!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      The beasts within...we all have two sides and maybe more. Interesting concept about human nature. Most of us have both I think. Anyway..man is about survival..first himself...I believe we must take care of ourselves until we can be valuable to others. Giving is important but personal attention would end many problems

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      So true Bill about having both reside in us and having the capability to have each come to live if we feed either. I chose to feed the pack animal as much as possible and repress the other, but it really is a personal choice I suppose. Beautiful and have of course voted and shared as always!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, it's been a long time, I'll bet, since the mean wolf visited you....if ever. Keep sending those angels my way. i could on them.

      blessings and a hug,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, thank you...I have always loved this story as well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Petenali, I think your comment was better than my hub. No Fair!!!! LOL Great comment and I thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Randi....salient....there's a word we don't see very often. You must be a writer. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I agree, we all have both wolves within us, and our first responsibility is to ourselves. Thank you for a great comment and I can't wait until July gets here. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. You are such a wonderful follower and friend. i greatly appreciate you.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Strong literature here bill, and very figurative in its truest essence. The pack is always controlled by a much higher power don't cha think (Maybe like a Alpha Male type or what have you).

      The funny thing is nature isn't at all the master of all the wolves, its actually their spirit within then and that is controlled by yet another higher source. "The creator himself"

      Those who lack will always seek to feed, and those who have plenty to offer up will always crave more ways to give others (maybe in hopes to receive in return someday as a wolf type). Then there's the opposite where some very few are lacking in a pack or community and will remain without due to lack of knowing what to do, and then there's the greedy feeders who want it all, so they do everything in their power to take, take, take.

      I love this hub because it can mean everything in terms of community activities, it points at the actions of others rather then a single person or specifically aiming at anyone.

      I myself as a community oriented person understand that its a give or take thing for sure, and when you give of yourself so much after while deprivation sinks in, loneliness never has been something I care for though. I am not a wolf I can tell you that much LOL.

      I grew up in an environment full of false foolishness, people killing one another literally left and right, but I also found a way out, which was being good natured when I could, also by sharing in a small community program there where people truly care for the likes of one another, and even though there was gun fire outside, or actual killing going on day after day, night after night.

      So being a survivor doesn't always mean one has to kill, be killed, or the likes, I found that the best way for me to achieve success in anything is to pay it forward and let God do all the rest from there on. Protecting myself in the process from the other starving wolf personality types is imperative as well, but Reverse psychology was my game to win such a battle, because any animal can be tamed using mind powers from that of a higher power.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, it's ironic you wrote about the wolves today. I have a story on my office wall that gives me strength and keeps my head straight. It goes like this:

      An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me... it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

      "This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too."

      They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

      The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      But I can still use...Lol!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Powerful hub bro nonetheless, bravo on this latest masterpiece by you Bill, you have found yet another way to place fourth into action a great and noble truth for all to learn, and to understand about humanity as a whole. Thumbs high up and outta here!

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      R A Lovelace 4 years ago from Portland, OR

      Another great hub, I really enjoyed, thanks! I think it needs to be considered that 'choice' is not all its cracked up to be when speaking of the human animal. I find it interesting that our (the human) ability to look inward is also considered the ability to defy basic human nature and instinct. In my previous career I came in contact with numerous individuals, including serial killers. I can tell you from personal experience that the lights were out when you looked into their eyes, the predator was definitely in charge of operations and I remain unconvinced that there was any real choice left. These people had surrendered, or been taken over by, basic human instinct. This is not to say that at some point we may be able to say yes or no (as is obvious due to the fact that we are not all serial killers) but don't you wonder if the fact that we need to make that choice indicative of the presence if some instinctive characteristics?

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Bill, excellent meditation on who we are and what type of beasts we can choose to be. I'm glad bravewarrior mentioned the parable above as it was brought to mind as I read your hub. My tai chi sifu shared that with us in class. Very powerful. Voted up and awesome.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Great approach to an important topic! We have competing "instincts" within us but we have the power of conscious choice. Let us choose wisely and compassionately! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, what a powerful comment. I can see a poem coming out of your comment, buddy! I have always thought your poetry was the best side of your writing. Anyway, you speak from experience and you have the merit badges to prove it, and that will always carry weight with me. Right on brother! Now let's get back to changing the world for the better, okay?

      Thanks buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, there you go! Leave it to the Cherokee's to steal my material. LOL

      I have heard the story since I was a child...I just remembered it the other day and thought I would write this;

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ranid, you sure can. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MIke, thanks again my friend. There are great truths out there is we are willing to learn.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lov, I totally agree with you. I have thought often about it....what keeps most of us from crossing the line and surrendering to our basest instincts? Nature....DNA....upbringing....a combination? Excellent points my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very powerful indeed, Jan! If nothing else, it is worth thinking about, right? Sure, not everyone has a choice, but most do and we can change if we want to.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, hopefully most of us make the right choice. What a crazy world it would be if we didn't! :) Thank you my friend and have a great day in Chicago.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Simple tale, and so true. Not as easy as it sounds though, with many other variations of wolf styles in between! You are a teacher Bill, always will be.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, teaching is what I always wanted to do...thank you so much. You made me smile and that is a gift.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very ironic that last night I was talking to my daughter about having choices in life and explaining the two sides of the coin and all that blah, blah, blah...now I'm just passing this hub to her to further my talk. :)

      True say, we all have a choice and hopefully our choice(s) would be that beneficial to our soul and the rest of humanity.

      What powerful message you convey here and one that is absolutely worth sharing. Thanks Bill.

      Love from the sky~

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I was looking for a poll. Anyway, I would have to choose the best of both worlds.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I need a special remote control so I can switch back and forth.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wonderful Bill, and much food for thought for the wolves within. If we can keep the savage at bay and feed the nurturing one, we will certainly have a more rewarding life.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow. That was great and exciting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, it is always so nice to have you visit. Thanks for your kind words and I hope your daughter gets the message.

      love and hugs from Olympia

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasta, I debated putting a poll in. Wouldn't you know it that someone would want one when I left it out. LOL Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric...lol...that's not a bad idea. At least it would be instant changes and not long-lasting behavior. How nice that would be.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, it is a constant battle for most of us I think....happily most of us lean towards the good wolf most days.

      Thank you my friend...sunny skies on the way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, thank you...I just noticed that you are from Hawaii...duh! LOL

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      can one be both a loner AND care deeply about the pack to which she will always belong?

      i make a conscious decision every day to feed the compassionate caring me - as opposed to the narcissistic self-absorbed me..

      and yes - i howl at the moon quite often - and i hear you as well, my friend!

      Please -keep howling!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Leslie...how are you my friend? Either I have missed them or you haven't written in awhile. I'll keep howling if you keep howling, okay? In a few years my howl may be a bit more feeble, but I'll keep doing it until it resembles a squeak and then I give up. :)

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Great analogy, I'll definitely be feeding the pack animal within me! :)

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      I found myself thinking like Vickiw and feel I'm a variation of Pack Wolf. I'm there when the pack needs me but otherwise I'm kinda off on my own. I'm different don't-cha-know.

      I loved this analogy Bill. It got me thinking and feeling as any good piece of writing should.

      Thanks my Friend!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 years ago from Norfolk

      Great Hub. I am definitely the one who will reach out and try to help the defenseless whenever I can. I don't have any doubts about that at all. Some would consider that as a sign of weakness but I can live quite comfortably with that.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Don't make excuses, just make a choice.

      Thank you, Papa Pack Leader!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      I dare to say that all NORMAL people are pack animals. To be a true SAVAGE BEAST something must go wrong in the brain/mind of a normal person. Maybe already in childhood, even before birth.

      Very though-provoking hub, Billybuc :) Good to know you are NOT a beast :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, I never doubted it for a second. :) Thanks for the visit and I hope spring has arrived in Missouri.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      onegreen, you are very welcome....if I kickstart some reflection and thinking then my job as a writer is done. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, no, not weakness at all, and if it is then I am proud to be weak. Thank you for the visit. I'll be by shortly to read another of your hubs.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      send over birthday...if you have the time???? and I will be more definitive.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, my dad hated excuses. The punishment was always worse for the excuse than for the crime. I learned early on just to stand up and speak the truth....and being a valued part of a community is the truth.

      Your are welcome my little cub! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martie! I was worried the picture of the snarling wolf would make people quit reading. LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a doll..thanks!

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      DJ Anderson 4 years ago

      I am familiar with Shauna's Cherokee story. It is a great analogy to the

      choices we make in our life.

      Bill, great hub, as usual.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DJ! It is something I am aware of daily.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Wonderful story with a powerful message Bill.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I want to be a kind wolf, caring for others around me. It's sad that this world seems to have so many savage beasts. I'm glad to have many pack animal friends, and you are certainly one of them, Bill.

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      billybuc,

      I love your post! The photos are terrific! I esp like the photo of the pack wolves. A Timber Wolf is my favorite dog of all times. In my native state of Ohio, there was an effort in the 80's to save the Timber Wolf population. I was involved in that movement. My wolf lived to be (15) years of age. I miss and think about him each day, many times a day. Don't mean to rumble on. Your article touched me in a special way.

      The planet earth would be a much better place if it's inhabitants were all pack wolves. I am definitely a pack animal in that I realize that I am ONE with all my fellow human beings, the animals....all living and inanimate things. I love and am willing to reach out to as well as help them all. I thrive on being a part of the Global community.

      You are truly a gifted writer. I encourage you to become more commercial as we all need to hear more and be inspired by your message.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosemay...greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made my dear, how are you? Any break in that icy weather yet? They tell me today is the first day of spring but it sure doesn't feel like it here. :) Thank you my friend; you are special to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ladydeonne, God bless you for trying to save the wolves in Ohio. It is so sad what we do to nature in the name of progress.

      As for the wolves inside of us, and all around us, I only hang with pack wolves. I have no time in my life for someone who cares not about others.

      Thank you for your kind words. If I knew how to become more commercial I would...unfortunately, I seem to fall short in that category. I'm just a writer...I need someone else to market me. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      If we want a warm, loving and caring world we must first start by changing ourselves.

      Billy, this one is powerful and thought provoking. Like it or not, we all help to make the world what it is, a little less selfishness and a bit more empathy would be a good way to start. Unfortunately, we are living in a time where too many tend to as, 'what's in for me.'

      PS the images are brilliant!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo my friend, you and I know the answer, but we have a lot of people to convince. There is far too much greed and selfishness in this world, and it can be discouraging on the best of days...but I won't give up the fight....and I know you won't either.

      Thank you for being who you are.

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Wow. I always like your work, but this is a cut above. The quote is perfectly chosen and the wolf analogy, sublimely brilliant. This is a most impressive hub, simple wisdom eloquently laid out. Bravo!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Rhonda, you have me blushing. :) Thank you! Some hubs you just feel...ya know what I mean? Some come easily as if they write themselves. This was one of them.

      God bless you my friend!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I keep saying to myself that each one of your articles is my favorite; but this one really is the best of the best! I have to admit there's a little bit of the lone wolf in me at times. I try to keep it underfed as much as possible, but it can be challenging. Voted way Up

      Nice work my friend ;) Pearl

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      Marilyn Alexander 4 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      You bring out the best in us, Billy! This is beautiful and inspiring. Thanks so much. I really mean it - it is so good to have you among us at HubPages. Sincerely, Marilyn

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Profound analogy that speaks the truth about personal choices that affect the whole of society. As always, your writing inspired some soul searching on my part, Bill.

      I took my mom to the laundromat last week, where I met a woman who was washing the only clothes she owned, those on her back. She explained apologetically that she was going to put on her long, dirty coat so she could put the clothes on her back in the machine. She had a raggedy suitcase with her. She'd arrived on foot. I was struck by her sweet disposition, despite the fact the few things she once owned were stolen. She told me she was going to use the restroom to wash her hair and asked me if I would keep an eye on her washing machine. She told me she couldn't afford a room to rent, so she cleaned up in public restrooms. My mom wasn't listening, but was curious and I started crying when I told her Cindi's story. I got $20 out of my purse to give to her. My mom handed me $20 more. When she came out, unable to shampoo her hair as the soap dispenser was empty, I gave her our gift. She didn't want to take it after she said "you must have a good job" and I told her that I had been laid off in 2010. She looked at me and said "maybe you will need it." When I told her "no, I had a roof over my head", she nearly jumped up and down, happy she would be able to buy shampoo and something to eat. My mom said she didn't sleep that night, as nothing like that had ever happened to her before and she wondered if we'd been 'conned.' I made up my mind, from now on, I will still give to someone I want to, but I will be more discreet. I wasn't worried about $20, but it meant a lot to someone with nothing. I'm telling you this story, Bill, because I think we become 'wolves' when we learn to mistrust, when we are burned or afraid of being burned. The economy today has created desperation that makes good people afraid, miserly and suspicious. Corporate America has long celebrated the enterpreneurial spirit, with an emphasis on 'the end justifies the means', creating an climate of cut-throat profiteers. Today, "Money" could be the hymn for a religion that espouses "keep your hands off of my stack." It seems "we've fallen and we can't get up".

      Provocative writing, Bill, that everyone needs to take to heart. Sending you love from St. Lou

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I think there is some lone wolf in each of us, and truthfully I don't think that is a bad thing....unless the lone wolf devours the pack animal and then I think there is a real problem. :) Thank you for your kind words. I've got one coming out on Friday about blue collar workers that I think is my best work in months. I hope you like it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maralexa, what a kind thing for you to say. Thank you so much. I'll try to never let you down.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, Amy, Amy...what a beautiful story. I would have given her twenty with no hesitation, and the day I do not do that is the day I will have serious concerns about my humanity. Yes we have all been burned and yes, we could all be conned, but the alternative is to close our hearts and ignore the suffering, and I refuse to do that and I know you do as well.

      Thank you for sharing that amazing story. As usual, you have left me with some soul searching as well. :)

      love from Olympia

      bill

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      Troyangeluk 4 years ago from UK

      I love the overall outlook of this and I love wolves, fantastic work :), worked you up.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Nice story to make a simple point about choice. It is a shame when we lose our faith in humanity and stop caring about others. I have to struggle with trust, but it is almost always worth it when you are able to open your heart.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Troy, thank you very much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Truth, I think in today's world we all struggle with trust but yes, it is worth it. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think there will always be wolves lurking around, many will be takers and give nothing in return, but those in need will remember and give back when they can. Another great article Bill...

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Bill,

      Bravewarrior mentioned the Cherokee proverb which you have expanded so beautifully for many readers. Thank you for sending out more loving and compassionate thoughts to the universe and reminding us that we are all connected.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting story and analogy, Bill. Thank you for describing the conflict within us so effectively!

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Very, very powerful message here Bill. This was a great way of explaining the choices we need to make every day. You're right - we DO decide which wolf we want to be. It's a choice. Sharing across....great message!!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I am pretty happy with my life's accomplishments.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Bill, it has been cold all month. I love taking walks, but I have been avoiding that lately becuase of the cold winds. It's acutally snowing today. Next winter, hopefully, our sauna is finished and then people know where to look for me. Lol!

      Bill, I hope it gets warmer soon where you are. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good read! Who else but billybuc would have thought to compare our choices with the beasts within us!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      What profoundly speaks to me in your article, Bill, is that we have a choice as to who we are going to be, thus how we are going to behave. Are we going to be givers or takers? The road to redemption, peace, fulfillment is the latter.

      I love wolves and am amazed as to how the pack in nature operates. What is clear is that we all need each other to survive, grow, thrive. I pray that your wise and caring hub brings us closer to understanding that, and ultimately embracing it.

      Thank you so much as only you do for contributing to our hubpack!

      Mucho blessings, dear friend,

      Reba

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So true you said it all here, apart of us relates to what you have mentioned, though not everyone will admit it. I found this hub to be useful and interesting.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      We may not bay at the moon but we do have those wolves within! I'm pretty sure my loner, evil wolf is just about dead. Of course he rears his ugly head now and then but my good wolf puts him in his place!

      My youngest son is having a baby and they decided they wanted to be surprised and do not know the sex of the baby. So, I bought some things for a boy and some for a girl. Whichever it isn't, those clothes will go to a woman's shelter. Always trying to make a good situation better.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I believe that with my whole heart...those in need will give back....in a way, the cycle of life. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, you are very welcome and thank you for being a part of this community of writers. You are appreciated my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! It is a constant battle, is it not. Some days hardly at all; others are quite a struggle.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mel! This one came to me in the middle of the night out of a dead sleep. I guess our writing mind never rests. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, as well you should be. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, when I hear of your winter I have no right to say anything. Spring will be here soon enough if I am patient. Thank you dear lady. Stay warm!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rebecca, I don't know, but sometimes it worries me. LOL Seriously, thank you! I have always been fascinated with the internal struggles we all face.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reba, I pray that as well. We do all need each other and we can thrive when we are working together....or we can fall if not. Let's pray we make the right choices.

      Thank you my dear. Sending you blessings and a hug this chilly morning

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, you mentioned something interesting. Not everyone will admit it, and I believe that to be true. It is too painful perhaps to admit there is a dark side to us. Yes? Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I love it. We really do have to meet in person one day. I want to give you a hug and laugh with Bev and you as old friends do.

      Thank you Mary!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      It has to be in the stars Bill....the four of us will meet someday!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that was quick....it will happen. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      We were beast before we became humans. Perhaps the beast thing never left us, that's why time and again we show our animal nature.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I agree that it never left us. The battle will always be within us my friend.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant share Billy ; voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! I felt good about this one.

      love,

      billy

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We will always have a choice, but I believe that most people will help whenever they can, instead of being the rare person that only cares about themselves.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I believe that to be true too. In fact, my next hub is on that subject. :) Thank you!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Another beauty that speaks to my heart. The story of the two wolves is my favorite. My house is "everything wolf" lol. I have them in art, books, statues, etc. all over my house. They are such beautiful teachers and if we would only study them, we could recreate a world where there is room at the table for everyone. Wouldn't that be a nice change?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, it would be an exquisite change for sure. :) We keep hoping and keep moving forward....and we never give up. :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Excellent hub with a powerful message. We all have our good side and our bad in our personality, that savage beast that likes to come out at times. We must not feed it. You have to get out of yourself, reach out to people, help them be compassionate whatever it is. I loved the video. I learn better by listening since I retain more information and so I agree with you that the best way to please yourself is to please someone else. I also agree with this statement that you made that happiness will happen when we start helping others and this is what tough times calls for. The example that you used of the lemonade stand is an act of kindness indeed just like the chocolate chip cookies. This reminds me of an incident the other day at the grocery store. I went to Publix during my lunch break and stood in line with a bottle of Snapple. The lady in front of me told me to pass since she had tons of stuff on her grocery cart. Well, it turns out that I had left my wallet at the office. I wasn't going to drive back to get my wallet and back to pub lix so I told the lady to just go in front of me since I had left my wallet in the car I told her. she said oh, don't be silly, how much is it? I will give you the money. I thanked her and told her it was okay. There are still good Samaritans out there. I'm voting this hub useful and awesome!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Doc, what a great example of giving and good Samaritanship. I love that story. I have seen the same things happen when we are out shopping and it warms my heart.

      I feel better knowing there are people like you in this world. We must and we can make a difference.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm never disappointed when I drop by to see Billybuc's latest offerings. This is beautifully written and the idea of having two wolves within us can be understood on so many levels. I have relatives and friends who were wild wolves in their youth and then became contributors to the pack as they matured. Any of us can change--it's up to us to decide. But our life will be much more rewarding if we're not just a lone wolf who looks out for itself. Voted up and shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa my friend, I am always happy to see you visit from Peru. Thank you for your kind words and you are so right...we can all change if we want it.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Crystal! I'll take that comment any old day.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Great analogy. We have both potentials within us,don't we? I sure hope I never become about just my selfish gain. Really enjoyable read!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pickles. I hope I don't either. Have fun with that new dog of yours.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, I love this analogy. Your writing is so clear, and I really felt like I was reading a well-written novel. My prayer is that I am, and will always be a positive contributor to society and that I influence other's positively with how I live and how I give. Thank you for the accountability, my friend. As a matter of fact, that should be the name of your upcoming book.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Excellent hub as usual. I believe we are who we are because we are either self aware or not self aware.When the nature of a person is to be self serving and feel a sense of entitlement, they will take from others unless there is some reason for them to change. They are the takers .The people that are selfless will give and give, never paying attention to their own needs. They are the givers, but sometimes they give too much. Some people give too much of themselves, and some not enough. This is a great article, unfortunately, it probably is preaching to the choir. If only the world was more balanced. Then this article could have been about something else. Thanks for an insightful and well written hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, I like that title...thank you for the suggestion and thank you for being the positive influence that you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Toknow, great points and I happen to agree with them. Yes, a balanced world....wouldn't that be something to behold? Thank you for a great comment.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Hi, Bill...

      You're right - i haven't been writing - or reading - much for the past 5 weeks..

      i've been looking at some fairly serious medical issues - which were just diagnosed the other day!

      I'll be writing about it, but - check my fb page for more..

      love ya bro!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for letting me know, Leslie. I will check it out. You take care of yourself my dear...sending you a big hug and a ton of friendship.

      bill....and I love you too

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