- Mental Health
The Wolf You Feed
Finally, it’s all so very simple. It doesn’t matter who is to blame. It doesn’t matter whether the world around is filled with evil or negativity or not. It doesn’t matter if everyone around is sweet and good and loving. All that matters is what is within us.
I got this wonderful forward from a friend and it got me thinking really hard about what I need to do every day. What this little story shows us perhaps is that what we are is up to us. Not our upbringing, not our friends, not even our family, not our co-workers, not the land we live in, not the race we belong to. We cannot shift the blame for our wrongs onto others. We have to take responsibility for what we do because what we are depends on the decisions we take. So maybe we need to ask ourselves every morning when we wake up: Which wolf am I going to feed today? If we consciously starve the negative wolf, the positive wolf grows stronger and stronger within us till one day, it just becomes a way of life with us.
Good vs. Evil. Positive vs. Negative. Ethical vs. Non-ethical. Right vs. Wrong. It doesn’t really matter what term we use. We know in your heart which wolf we have to feed. We might feed the wrong wolf because we’re angry, because we want revenge, because we feel slighted, because we’re jealous….or sometimes, just because. It doesn’t matter what the cause is – it’s the effect on us that matters. The problem is, the wolf lives within us and all we are doing is feeding what shouldn’t be fed within us.
All we need to do every morning is wake up and decide for the day to feed the right wolf and repeat the resolution when the morrow comes. Sufficient unto the day is the right decision thereof. That’s all it takes, really. One step or day at a time – feeding the right wolf so all’s right with the world within. Imagine – if everyone did just that, all would be right with the world every which way too!
For my friend Pat in Australia – keep those wonderful forwards coming :)