The dark wolf and the light wolf. Saturday September 23, 2017
My first boyfriend was called Jerry Hyde. He's a therapist now (that's the effect I have on people!) I recently enjoyed reading a self-help book he has written called "Play from the f***ing heart". In it was the following story, which touched me very much so I thought I would share it with my fellow Moodscopers (not verbatim as I can't lay my hands on the book, but here's the gist):
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandchild about life.
"A fight is going on inside me between a dark wolf and a light wolf. The dark is evil; the light is good."
The child looked at him with solemn eyes and asked, "Which wolf will win?"
The chief answered, "The one you feed."
So remember: Feed the light wolf.
OK, you may, like me, wonder what the dark wolf likes to eat. Possibly some of these: Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self doubt... Feel free to make your own list! But if you catch yourself indulging in any of them and feeding the dark wolf, stop!
And what does the light wolf thrive on? How about joy, peace, love, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith, resilience and tenacity, hope...
So if you can find any of these within yourself, stay with it, build on them and keep feeding the light wolf. What would you have on your list? Can you add anything that would help strengthen the light wolf?
A Moodscope member.
Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.