The wolf you feed

Well, here we go again: It’s New Year’s Eve. And starting tomorrow, millions of people will resolve to be better—and do better—in the year ahead.

I’m a big supporter of self-improvement. So if you’ve decided to lose weight or quit smoking or cut down on your drinking, I highly recommend zenhabits.com.

I’m also a big supporter of sweeping global change. I believe that our thoughts can help shape our future. And I also believe that we have control over our thoughts. So, for those of you who are of equal metaphysical mind, I offer this gem (courtesy of my friend Norine):

One evening a Cherokee Elder told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said: “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is good: It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, kindness, empathy, generosity, compassion, faith and truth. The other is evil:  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, resentment, superiority, arrogance, self-pity, and lies.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The elder simply replied: “The one you feed.”

Which wolf will you feed in the year ahead?

May 2011 bring you health, happiness, and hope. Happy new year!

 

 

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