Which Wolf Wins?
A story I found today:
The grandfather said:
“My son, the battle is between two wolves. One is evil. It is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute. He then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf wins?
The old Cherokee simply replied:
“The one you feed.”
“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”
“The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.”
“Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.”
Tomorrow, my mother’s clothing will be picked up. I am donating it to the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless. It’s been weeks since everything was bagged, it just took me this long to find the strength to call them with an actual pick up date and time. It feels weird and unsettling, but it is something that had to be done. Not a job anyone wants to have, I’m sure.
She would have fought this tooth and nail, no matter that the majority of the clothing had not been worn or seen in ages. For me, it is part of the cleansing that needs to go on here. I know that I’ll be helping a lot of women in desperate need of warm &/or good condition clothing. Through me, my mother-willing or not-is helping them as well.
I hope that thought, its energy, finds its way out there. I’m feeding the good wolf here, and to me that is a win.
Posted on February 13, 2013, in Anger, Caring, counseling, Family, Friends, Grief, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Mindfulness, Spiritual, Support and tagged altruism, caring, compassion, concern, coping, Despair, donations, food pantry, Homeless, hope, Hunger, love, Memories, shelter, Talking to God, used clothing, Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.