Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 66 comments

Face to face
Creative Commons License photo credit: ucumari

An old Cherokee chief was 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, self-doubt, and ego.”

“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

“This 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 chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”

~ Author Unknown

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
Lance Ekum
View all posts by Lance Ekum
(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

Hilary April 26, 2009 at 3:56 am

Hi Lance – hope you had a good break .. it’s good to have you back. The picture is so fantastic .. they are wonderful animals ..

The Cherokee chief knows his wisdom .. we can learn so much from our elders, and ancients – that’s a wonderful quote and a really good way of explaining the choices we need to direct our lives ..

Thanks Lance
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters

Hilary´s last blog post..Another day … are we in Tokyo?

Reply

Evelyn Lim April 26, 2009 at 4:27 am

The story shares a good message about choice. We have a choice on the type of thoughts that we hold in our minds. The ones we cultivate are the ones that are predominant. Knowing that we have a choice can be empowering and life transforming!

Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Resolving Conflicts: Peace or Drama?

Reply

Suzie Cheel April 26, 2009 at 4:29 am

How true this story is, what we feed is what we attract whether positive or negative, good or bad.
Love your wisdom
Namaste
Suzie

Suzie Cheel´s last blog post..45 Days To Achieve Your Dream?

Reply

Miz April 26, 2009 at 5:57 am

you KNOW I entirely agree. and am trying, as yo u are DOING, to pass this all along to my daughter.

Miz´s last blog post..Link Love & Chipper Jerky giveaway.

Reply

Stacey Shipman April 26, 2009 at 6:07 am

I love the photo, too (you always have great pics). The one we feed, again it all comes down to choices! Have a wonderful Sunday, Lance.

Stacey Shipman´s last blog post..Stress Relief Toolbox: Sometimes, Something Has To Give

Reply

Positively Present April 26, 2009 at 6:54 am

I’ve heard this story before and I love it. It’s so true. It really makes you think about which wolf you’re feeding and realize that it’s up to you to take control of your life and not feed the “bad” wolf.

Great image by the way. So perfect for this post!

http://positivelypresent.typepad.com

Positively Present´s last blog post..solitary and social: 10 reasons to be both

Reply

Yira April 26, 2009 at 6:55 am

This is a great message and one that I will print and keep handy to help remind me which wolf to feed. Thank you so much Lance for sharing this with us.

Yira´s last blog post..Looking at the sky on Friday–magnificent

Reply

Sarah Lulu April 26, 2009 at 7:11 am

I have heard that often, but I believe it to be so true.

I have often found great wisdom in Northern American Native sayings.

Very beautiful. thank you.

Sarah Lulu´s last blog post..Autumn in New England, Australia.

Reply

Natalia Burleson April 26, 2009 at 7:15 am

Wow! Great Sunday thought, Lance. I struggle with this everyday! Our new family motto or mantra is BE kind, BE loving, BE patient! It’s hard for me to teach my son how to navigate the negative emotions like anger. I was never taught how to do that myself. But we are learning together. The other day I was telling my son that we can choose our mood. We both chose to be happy! 🙂 Growing up I never realized that I had a say in how I responded to certain situations. I thought I could only react and then go back and clean up the mess. We are only human so sometimes the mess happens, but it’s nice to know that I have a choice! That I have a say in how I respond to life!
Love the picture!!!!

Natalia Burleson´s last blog post..Slow progress!

Reply

suddenly slimmer April 26, 2009 at 7:34 am

How life is determined by our own choice.Very well said.

suddenly slimmer´s last blog post..Still Finding Exit Plan From The Plateau

Reply

kathy April 26, 2009 at 7:41 am

The wisdom of choice and practice. We become what we think about.

kathy´s last blog post..Simple Saturday Supper | Zucchini Banana Nut Muffins

Reply

brandi April 26, 2009 at 7:48 am

absolutely one of my favorite parables.

brandi´s last blog post..well since you asked…

Reply

Stacey / Create a Balance April 26, 2009 at 7:56 am

I love this story. It is a great reminder that what you focus on expands.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..7 Strategies for Putting Your Authentic Self First

Reply

Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker April 26, 2009 at 8:11 am

Welcome home Lance. I know you had a fantastic vacation with your family.

Like attracts like. What we feed comes to us more abundantly whether it is negative or positive.

The above story is another one of my favorites. Love the picture of the wolves. Your articles do come with great photos.

Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker´s last blog post..We Are Here—Survivors

Reply

suzen April 26, 2009 at 8:41 am

There are so many stories about nature that Native Americans used as teaching tools – all simple, and all very profound! Thank you for sharing this one. I have a collection that I hope to turn into a childrens book series and you ‘ve inspired me to put a few on my blog as well.

suzen´s last blog post..Where Does Enthusiasm Come From?

Reply

Jeanne April 26, 2009 at 9:56 am

I love all you share
Jeanne

Jeanne´s last blog post..Stand by Me

Reply

Evita April 26, 2009 at 10:43 am

What a beautiful story! And how true indeed…which wolf do we feed on a daily basis?

May this lesson leave us conscious of just that and even though each person is free to choose to feed whichever wolf they want, may the light within us see which wolf really serves our being and our existence on this planet and may we give all of our precious resources to that one alone as it can make for a beautiful companion along this path.

Evita´s last blog post..I CAN DO IT! Toronto 2009 Conference – Day 2

Reply

Caroline April 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm

One of my favorite stories! Yes we have a choice…we always have a choice. I can hear this story a 1000 times and I still find it so powerful. Today I will feed the kind wolf… Thank you Lance!

Caroline´s last blog post..Soulful Sunday

Reply

Tabitha April 26, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Oh Lance, I simply love this!!
It is filled with truth and exactly what I’m trying to spread via Project Uplift.

Happy Sunday!!

Tabitha´s last blog post..I Am Worthy

Reply

Davina April 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Hi Lance. This is one of my favourite passages. I wrote about this very one last year on my first blog.

I’ve included the link in case anyone is interested in reading.
http://lovingpulse.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/are-you-afraid-of-the-dark

What I like about this is it reminds us we have a choice about what we do with our thoughts. And it makes a huge difference. Thanks for the reminder Lance 🙂

Davina´s last blog post..Morning Muse — Flock of Thoughts

Reply

Jannie Funster April 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Ooooo! Now THAT’S one super-great quote!

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..I Need A (Chainsaw) Man, Video

Reply

FatFighterTV April 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm

So true – makes you really think about which wolf you feed in your life.

Hope you had a great vacation!

FatFighterTV´s last blog post..Gypsystyle yoga bag winner!

Reply

Mindful Mimi April 26, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Hi Lance,
Hope you had a great break away and spent some quality time with your family.
This Sunday thought is a great little story full of wisdom. It is so simple, yet we often don’t realize that we are the sole creators of who we are. And when we allow the negativity to take the upper hand, then it’s not because of a bad job, grumpy boss or neighbor, but because of our reaction to the people and circumstances. I am not saying that laughing through a crisis is easy. I am just saying that we choose each day which wolf wins.
Thanks for this thought provoking little story Lance.
M

Mindful Mimi´s last blog post..Two more days to go

Reply

Lance April 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. Thank you, it was a very nice break, and now I’m refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things. This picture here – it just really seemed to be a perfect fit. Yes, what are we feeding – the negatives in our life, or the positives? So much wisdom here.

@Evelyn – Choice, a great word to use here Evelyn. We all have choices…and what will we choose? This is very much an empowering thought when we fully accept this.

@Suzie – So, the question then becomes, what are we feeding, really? Is it what we think? Good thought to ponder…

@Miz – And we do this by the example we set, right, Miz? Our actions are as much, probably even more, of an influence as our words are. What we feed ourselves is what we’re passing on to our children.

@Stacey Shipman – When I found this picture, I knew it was the one I wanted to use – it’s not always so cut and dried! Choices…yes, as Evelyn has also eluded to – and I completely agree. What choices are we making? We all have the power to choose – what will it be? You too, have a great Sunday, and enjoy your conference!

@Postively Present – And putting this up, it’s made me really think about what I’m feeding. To a degree, am I feeding both wolves? Can I do better? Good questions for me to think about for sure. Glad you liked the photo, it really is fitting for the text.

@Yira – Hi Yira. Thanks for stopping by today. This really is a great message, and I’m glad you see the wisdom in it.

@Sarah – Yes, this is really full of wisdom. – one of many we can learn from the Native Americans. Thank you!

Reply

Lance April 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm

@Natalia – Natalia, what you’re saying here reminds me of something I’ve read in the book “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Stephen Covey. In it he talks about this idea of stimulus and response. And between any stimulus and our response – we all that the power to choose how to respond. I remember reading this some time ago, and thinking how wise this thought was – our power to choose. And we all have that – what will I choose to say/do/act based upon some stimulus? And reading what you’re saying here, tied in with the quote above – this all seems to fit so perfectly. We choose based upon which wolf it is we’re feeding consistently. Oh, and I love your family mantra – especially the use of the word “BE”. Very wonderful!

@Suddenly Slimmer – Hi Alia. Choices, and what kind will we make? Where is the focus in our lives?

@Kathy – Hi Kathy! Oh, this is good. It’s not only choosing – it’s also what we think and practice. So, that makes the those moments when we do some serious thinking very important. And even the moments when we have thoughts floating around in our brains – what do we do if they start to skew toward the bad wolf? Do we recognize that, and consciously make an effort to bring our thought back to the good wolf? Thanks much for this thought Kathy.

@Brandi – Hi Brandi! Awesome!!

@stacey/Create A Balance – What we focus on, which I think fits right in with what Kathy is talking about in our thoughts – and truly how important they are. So, how important it is to consciously focus on that which we desire – that which matters. Thank you Stacey!

@Patricia – Spiritual Journey of A Lightworker — Hi Patricia, and thank you for the welcome home. It was great to be away, and it’s also great to be back home now. Our vacation truly was fantastic, just what we all needed. “Like attracts like.” – I love that! As we feed the positive (or negative), that’s what we tend to get more of in our life – how true.

@Suzen – Hi Suzen! A children’s book based upon Native American thoughts, how awesome! If there’s anything I can do to support you, don’t hesitate to ask. I think this is really a very great idea!

@Jeanne – Thanks so much Jeanne!

Reply

Lance April 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm

@Evita – Hi Evita. That’s a great question to ask ourselves, which wolf are we feeding daily? I love this thought you’re bringing up about the light within each of us – because I do believe it’s there in all of us, sometimes it’s just buried a little deeper and needs to be uncovered. And you’ve said this so eloquently – how feeding the wolf of love and compassion makes for a beautiful companion in our journey through life. And, it also helps others to find that same wolf within themselves… And just think what our world could be were we to all find and feed that wolf.

@Caroline – Hi Caroline. Very cool! Yes, this is a story we can’t hear too many times. The message is so powerful, and such a great reminder on the whole idea of the choices we all have, and what are we choosing?

@Tabitha – Hi Tabitha! Awesome, and I love this story too! I’m excited to learn more about your Project Uplift, which reminds me – I’ll be following up with you here shortly – so I can get involved in some way to help you spread the “good wolf” into the many places I know you’ll touch. And a very happy Sunday to you too!

@Davina – Hi Davina. I really love this saying too! And thanks for the link – I had forgotten about this post you’d written, about this very quote. Good stuff to review, and to think about that “dark side” and if we’re feeding that or not. Choice and thoughts – two very powerful words related to this quote Davina, and I think you’re onto something here, about just how important both our choices are, and our thoughts – what they really lead us toward.

@Jannie – Hi Jannie! It is really a great quote, and has left me thinking about the wolves in my life.

@FatFighterTV – Hi Sahar. That’s exactly it – it really has made me think about which wolf I’m feeding – and in thinking about this – it’s making me more conscious of my thought and where they’re leading me. And vacation was wonderful – warm, relaxing, exhilerating, and filled with tons of food (which means I have to exercise alot!!).

@Mindful Mimi – Hi Mimi. OUr ten days away were filled with lots of fun activities, lots of relaxation, and just great times to reconnect as a family. There is much wisdom in this story today. The idea of us as creators of our lives – how true. We can say we a victim of circumstance, when the truth is that we always have a choice, no matter what kind of cards life deals us. We choose. So very true what you’re saying, Mimi. And in choosing, we are feeding one of these two wolves. Which one will it be? That’s the question we all have to answer…

Reply

Daphne April 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Lance,

I loved this story the first time I heard it. The answer is so wise and so true. Thanks for reminding me at a time when I need reminding most.

Daphne´s last blog post..Back to the Start: Why You Do What You Do

Reply

Laurie April 26, 2009 at 6:59 pm

This reminds me that we have so much more control over our lives than sometimes we want to believe. We choose our attitudes and our reactions. We make decisions for ourselves. Too bad we don’t have the wisdom in our youth that we have in our forties and beyond. We might design a life that is more suited for what we want to get out of it…if we feed the right things when we are young enough to grow the fruit we want. I think so often we fail to plant the seed early enough to harvest the crop.

Reply

Suzie Cheel April 26, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Yes Lance it it what we think, or does it start with the words we use? Either way we will attract the positive or negative depending what we do choose to feed

Suzie Cheel´s last blog post..Do You Live in The Moment?

Reply

LisaNewton April 26, 2009 at 8:54 pm

To me, the amazing thing about the feeding process is the sharing of the food. If you share your joy, peace, happiness, etc, it spreads and catches on.

However, if you feed the evil, it will also spread.

I’m planning on spreading the good………….:)

LisaNewton´s last blog post..The Ocean is My Mom

Reply

Audra Krell April 26, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Hi Lance,
Great, great story. I love different ways to think about who will win the battle of good and evil inside of us. Any way that we can be thinking about feeding the light and starving the darkness is the best way.

Audra Krell´s last blog post..Once Alone and Abandoned

Reply

Lisa's Chaos April 26, 2009 at 10:22 pm

It wasn’t until I read the last line that I remembered having read this before and how much I loved it. It is so true!!

Lisa’s Chaos´s last blog post..Macro Monday – Playing with my food

Reply

Liara Covert April 26, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Lance, this post reminds one of the touching Disney movie about the sled dogs in Antarctica called Eight Below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWaeNU3kXI8

Liara Covert´s last blog post..What is nature telling you?

Reply

Jennifer April 27, 2009 at 12:14 am

Very good Lance! And we choose EACH day which one we will feed. I’ve found that it sure helps to start the day immediately feeding the right wolf, before I even get out of bed, but then I still have to feed it throughout the day. The other one gets hungry and tries it’s begging. It takes a lot of will power not to not feel sorry for it.

Jennifer´s last blog post..Thankful I am Alive

Reply

Linda Abbit April 27, 2009 at 1:41 am

I am happy you’re back from vacation — refreshed, renewed and relaxed I hope!

Good vs. evil — a universal theme for a wonderful story! Your photo selection makes it even better, Lance.Thank you for a powerful tale to end the weekend.

Linda Abbit´s last blog post..Funny Fridays 4/24/09: Because It’s Better to Laugh than to Cry!

Reply

Barbara Swafford April 27, 2009 at 3:12 am

Welcome back, Lance. You were missed.

“The one you feed” – such powerful words. What a great way to start the week. Thank you for sharing another great find.

Reply

Hilda April 27, 2009 at 5:48 am

Hi Lance,

welcome back! I hope you’re refreshed after your break.

Thanks for this wonderful reminder – so important to choose carefully what we give energy to in our lives, and to nurture the good stuff. And I love the photo!

Reply

Karl Staib - Work Happy Now April 27, 2009 at 6:44 am

I’ve been feeding the good wolf for the past few years and it’s paying off. He is much stronger, which of course makes me happier. It takes a lot of work to get it right. A person can’t just through the meat to both of them hoping the good will win. You have to cut off little slices and hand feed the good wolf, so he knows that you want him to get big and strong.

Reply

David Cain April 27, 2009 at 6:53 am

Hah! Exactly right. What a great fable.

I’ll remember that next time I start indulging in negative thoughts.

Reply

Lance April 27, 2009 at 7:07 am

@Daphne – Hi Daphne. There is much wisdom in these words. Glad this was a good time for you to read this (although I happen to think you’re doing a pretty great job already of feeding the good wolf…).

@Laurie – Hi Laurie. Yes, we are in control. Even when it feels like we having something forced on us, we still have a choice. Even if that choice is just our reaction to what is happening – we always have that. And yes, we typically get wiser with age (I sure hope I am!) and the thing is, we can design our life at any age. I think you’re doing a stand up job of this right now, doing something you believe in very much – which I think is completely awesome Laurie!

@Suzie – Yes, thinking…and our language – they do attract just what we think or say. Great thought, and thanks for stopping back today!

@LisaNewton – Hi Lisa. Sharing, what a great point. So, it’s not only what we feed ourselves, that then leads to what we offer to others. And Lisa, you’re already are spreading much good!

@Audra – Hi Audra. Thank you! I love that – feeding the light (the light that is within each of us!)!!. and when we do this, darkness gets pushed aside. Audra, it’s like a light bulb is going off for me on this thought – this whole concept of light and dark. Thank YOU!!!

@Lisa’s Chaos – Hi Lisa. Yes, that last line really brings this full circle – about what we’re feeding. Great wisdom in that one sentence…

@Liara – Hi Liara. “Eight Below” is a great movie, and one I haven’t watched in some time (I think we have it on DVD). Those dogs do some pretty amazing things, thanks for the reminder on this awesome film!

Reply

Lance April 27, 2009 at 7:07 am

@Jennifer – Hi Jennifer! So true – this isn’t a battle we fight once and are done. It’s one that’s always there, one we daily – or even more often have to face. I love the thought of starting the day feeding the right wolf – even before getting out of bed. This just starts the day off on the right foot and in the right frame of mind to set yourself up for winning this battle as the day goes on. And your last line about feeling sorry for the other wolf – I chuckled at first thinking of the real wolf – yet we do that for the hypothetical wolf too – and that’s no laughing matter. We feel sorry for ourselves maybe, and pretty soon it’s the bad wolf who’s being well taken care of. It’s always there, lurking… And that’s what makes this story so powerful – when you really think about it, it’s so easy to feed either one…

@Linda Abbit – Hi Linda! Yes, I am refreshed and renewed, thank you! Vacation was wonderful! This picture just fit the story so well, the whole idea of two wolves. Thanks for stopping by!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara, and thank you very much! You’re too kind! That last line really is powerful isn’t it. So much good thought in those few words.

@Hilda – Hi Hilda. Thank you, it’s good to be back after a wonderful vacation! Giving energy to – I love those words too. Energy makes me think of what we get moving – and I want to be moving on the good stuff. Which means that’s where my energy should go toward. Great thought!

@Karl – Awesome Karl! And especially the thought of the more we feed the good wolf, the stronger he gets, and the weaker the bad wolf becomes too. Not to say that the bad wolf still can’t appear – but that it becomes easier to defend against him when he does – because of the strength of the good wolf. Thanks much, this really is an empowering thought!

@David – Hi David, and thanks for stopping by today. Yes, sometimes we do just that – indulge in the negative! And that’s not good, because we’re feeding the bad wolf, making him stronger in the process. And that’s what makes this story so good, how it’s all about who we’re feeding.

Reply

Andrew April 27, 2009 at 8:20 am

Lance,

This is an interesting story, and it certainly has a lot of truth to it.

Personally, I would much rather sow seeds of good things such as love, kindness, courage and compassion than of the negative variety.

That said, too often, unfortunately, I find myself slipping into patterns on the negative side of the equation.

Reply

Mark April 27, 2009 at 10:27 am

I always love this story! It is key to know which wolf we are feeding. Thanks for sharing this wisdom.

Mark´s last blog post..Changes In A Relationship

Reply

Henie April 27, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Lance,
What an appropos story for me right now…it is a great reminder…that which you feed flourishes! I love wolves and the independent/individual strength the symbolize…I just have to remember that sometimes their clothing can be misleading!:~)

Thank you for always having the words to soothe my inner demons.

Henie´s last blog post..When The Silken Cloth Unravels (#1)

Reply

Erin Prais-Hintz April 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Hi Lance! That is so very true….we have choices to make every day, and our attitude is just the beginning. Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom today. Enjoy the day! Erin

Erin Prais-Hintz´s last blog post..Meet My New Friend: Andy

Reply

Keith April 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I loved this! Great message here for we really do become what we focus our mind on! This is a great way to get that message across!

Keith´s last blog post..Why Not Now?

Reply

Nadia - Happy Lotus April 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Hi Lance,

I love this story. It is so true. We have the power to choose what we want to be and what we feel. It is so simple yet we lose sight of it all of the time because of the influences that surround us. Thank you for reminding us of the power that we have! 🙂

Nadia – Happy Lotus´s last blog post..My Adventures with Chakras

Reply

Palabuzz April 27, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I don’t understand what does it mean by the phrase ” the one you are feeding”.

Palabuzz´s last blog post..Manny Pacquiaos Team?

Reply

Diane April 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Hi Lance,

A great teaching about the inner self and turmoil we sometimes go through. Thanks for sharing!

Peace, Love and Joy,
Diane

Reply

beth April 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I just found you through brandi and I just wanted to stop and say hello….and GREAT BLOG !

I’m also in wisconsin, and it’s always exciting to find someone in the same state !!

beth´s last blog post..discovering my photography limitations…

Reply

Giovanna Garcia April 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Hi Lance,
What a great story! We have the choice to feed into the positive or negative…everytime! The choice is ours. 🙂
I choose to stay positive and feed my joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness…etc..
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Reply

Marelisa April 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Hi Lance: This is so true. I once read that the whole range of human action is within all of us–from the vilest human being to the most laudable–and it`s up to each one of us to decide how we want to act within that increadibly wide range.

Marelisa´s last blog post..Zen Capitalism: Randy Komisar

Reply

Vered - MomGrind April 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm

I am very late to this party. 🙁

But I’ll chime in anyway and say that this is a great story about the idea of choice.

Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..Fear of Rape

Reply

Lance April 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm

@Andrew – Hi Andrew. You bring up a very interesting point. I think the majority of people would tend to think that they sow seed of positivity. And yet, as much as we want to do sow goodness – without conscious effort – it can be all too easy to slip into negative patterns. Especially if something “bad” happens to us, or traffic is slow, or you cut your finger, etc, etc. And this can be just enough to start negative thoughts if we’re not conscious of our thoughts and actions. Great point, thanks Andrew.

@Mark/ToBeMe – Knowing what we’re feeding – so important, thanks Mark.

@Henie – Hi Henie. Oh, great point – are we sometimes misled by the “wolves” in our lives? It can happen when something that looks positive turns out to be a negative. Like maybe we’re nice to someone – only because we want to get something from them, as an example. Henie, thank you for this thought – it’s one I hadn’t thought much of, the disguises. You are doing well, my friend…

@Erin – Hi Erin! Choices is such a good word to go with this story. When presented with moments where we have choices to make, what direction will we choose to go? Thanks much Erin, this is such an important part of it all – the choices we make…

@Keith – What we focus on is what comes to fruition. So the question then becomes what will our focus be – in all areas of our life…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. This is a great story, isn’t it! The influences around us – other people, the events that occur in our life, our daily movement, etc. Yes, these all influence us – and to what degree? Especially if the influence is negative, how much do we let that influence into our life? And what will our response be to the negative influences? Will we let them rule, or will we transcend them? Not always easy to do – and yet a choice we always have…

Reply

Lance April 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

@Palabuzz – That phrase is meant to be – where is your focus. As in, do you focus on the negative or the positive in your life. The one you focus on is the one that will come to be.

@Diane – Hi Diane. Yes, these “wolves” within us can cause some inner turmoil, and it can take time and practice to really focus on the good wolf, and make that the one we’re feeding….

@Beth – Hi Beth. It’s great to have you here, and thanks for your words of encouragement! And you’re from Wisconsin – very cool!!

@Giovanna – Hi Giovanna. Choosing the positive or the negative – a choice we all have. By what I’ve read from you, and by the smile in your pictures – I really believe you do feed that good wolf, and that makes you a wonderful example for me and so many others – thank you!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. When I really think about what you’re saying – about how that good and bad is within us all – this really does make me want to focus even more on the good wolf – and keep the bad wolf at bay. While he may never be completely gone, with enough attention to the good wolf, the bad wolf will become weaker and less of a force. Although I think we always have to be aware that he is there, and can rear his head if we’re not conscious of this. Thanks Mare…

@Vered – It’s great to have you here always Vered! Choice really is it – what are we consciously choosing – it matters!

Reply

Rupal April 28, 2009 at 8:06 am

I have to admit, I was wondering where that was going midway through…what a powerful message!

Thanks!

~rupal

Rupal´s last blog post..The big Stretch

Reply

Cody Dream-Life-Coaching April 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

Awesome, I usually don’t like to leave one word comments, there cheap but this time I think I will!!

Reply

Jocelyn of I TAKE OFF THE MASK April 28, 2009 at 9:32 am

This post depicted what I felt this weekend. I felt like there were two spirits inside me, like I’m fighting myself. And you’re right, the one who wins is the one you feed. I’m glad the victor this time is the one who was able to hold on to the light.

Jocelyn of I TAKE OFF THE MASK´s last blog post..How Do You Treat a Bad Person?

Reply

Tracy April 28, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hi Lance! What a powerful story and I agree with Vered it’s about choice. I think I really became an adult when I realized that I do have choices in life.

Tracy´s last blog post..This is how we learned to be writers

Reply

Jenny Mannion April 28, 2009 at 10:27 am

Hi Lance,

Oh this is PERFECT! Yes, in consciousness we CHOOSE what we want to put out there to our loved ones, to strangers to the Universe and God. We also CHOOSE WHAT we want to FEED ourselves with — who we pick as our friends, if we watch violent news all the time… every decision is a choice — whether we make a conscious choice or not is only up to us. I choose to feed the good in giving and receiving and I know by doing that WHAT my life is made of.

I think this is my favorite so far Lance — hard to tell though – you have SO MANY good ones! 🙂
Love,
Jenny

Jenny Mannion´s last blog post..Lessons Learned When the Healer Gets Sick

Reply

connex April 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm

yep. This post came several times by email.
BUt a nice article and good to have in a blog like this.

connex´s last blog post..Neon Calabria

Reply

Lance April 28, 2009 at 9:32 pm

@Rupal – It sure comes together in the end, doesn’t it!

@Cody – That one word says a lot here – awesome indeed!

@Jocelyn – Hi Jocelyn. I’m glad, too, that the light came out on top. Some days can (and will be) battles. And on these days, especially, that which we feed will come out on top. By being conscious of this battle, we are that much more prepared to feed the right one…

@Tracy – Hi Tracy, and thanks for stopping by today! Choice is such an important thought here. What are the choices we make, and which wolf are they feeding? That which is fed the most will come out the victor. And great point about how as we “grow up” we get hopefully better at recognizing that we always have a choice…

@Jenny Mannion – Hi Jenny! I’m so glad you like this one!! It’s the thought I’ve kept coming back to as I’ve thought more about this story – that of consciousness. And it gets me thinking about how when we’re consciously making choices, we’re more aware. And I love the “choices” you’re talking about. These are great example of how choices,and how they can affect which wolf we’re feeding. And Jenny – the whole thought you’re sharing about doing this all with full consciousness, and how that is how we know what our life is made of – what an empowering thought! You have really expanded upon what this mean, and shared so much wisdom – thank you!!

@Connex – Thank you.

Reply

How I Lost Thirty Pounds in Thirty Days May 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Hi, good post. I have been thinking about this issue,so thanks for writing. I will certainly be coming back to your site.

Reply

Goddess Leonie | GoddessGuidebook.com May 5, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I’ve always loved this quote… may I always choose the Loving Wolf 🙂

Goddess Leonie | GoddessGuidebook.com´s last blog post..How to Meditate – for lazy people

Reply

Lance May 6, 2009 at 4:44 am

@How I Lost Thirty Pounds – Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the good and evil within us, what are we feeding?

@Goddess Leonie – Hi Leonie. Yes, I agree – making that conscious choose to choose the Loving Wolf (I like that name). There will be days where we’re challenged in which wolf to choose, and especially in these times, if we can choose the Loving One – oh, how we’re setting ourselves up for the “good” in our world… Thanks much for stopping by today.

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

You will receive an email with any replies to your comment. Check this box only if you want to be notified of ALL follow-up comments. You can also subscribe without commenting.

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: