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Day 382 - Which Wolf?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A friend posted this on Facebook today, and it has inspired my blog post for today.

There are (at least) two sides to each of us. One side is virtuous and good, the other gossips and undermines others. We can control which one comes out most of the time, but who hasn't experienced a moment when the bad side pops out and says something that you never would have expressed if you hadn't had a moment of weakness.

The new Star Wars movie is out right now, and it too is about the battle between good and evil (also known as the "Dark Side"). For some of us, the battle between good and evil is waged every day. For others, it is clear which side is winning.

I know that there are times where I am most definitely not Good. I may not characterize myself as Evil, but I do sometimes have unkind thoughts (and have even said unkind things to others). I'm not proud of those times, but I forgive myself for being human.

What I am sure of is that I try to nurture my good side through gratitude, healthy living, and a whole lot of love. That is the side I want to show all the time. I'm not always successful, but I know what side is winning.

Which wolf do you feed? I think I already know the answer.

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  • 911BRAD
    This is a great reminder, thanks Steve. (I'll be keeping my thoughts and actions in check) Have a great weekend! Brad
    1897 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    I have to admit, you made me stop and examine why I've been in a blue funk today. Was it me or somebody else that was causing the negative vibes? In truth it was both.
    Me for not coming out and telling this family member that I am not hired help and them for always expecting that I will do whatever needs doing no matter who messed up.
    It is definitely time for a family pow-wow.

    Thanks Steve

    1898 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Interesting blog. The mood I have had lately, I'm afraid the evil is winning over the good in me!
    1899 days ago
    I love this saying.
    So true!
    We cannot control our thoughts, unwholesome, even evil thoughts may pop into the mind of the kindest person - but we can choose which thoughts we want to cultivate.
    1899 days ago
    What a great saying and sooooo true. We all have a little of the evil wolf in us. I try to be the Good Wolf, but like you, am only human and succumb to the Evil Wolf too. Then I ask myself, why did you say that or do that.

    I guess the point is to strive for the Good Wolf most of the time and I think he will win in the end.
    1899 days ago
    The Cherokee saying is wonderful...I am saving that! I believe it speaks the truth and since we are all human we need to be aware and nurture the goodness! I, too, have made mistakes, said things I shouldn't have, etc. But I am so very aware when I do it...there is something that goes off inside me and I am conscious that I have done something that is against my being!
    Thank you for this reminder to nurture the goodness!
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    1899 days ago
    I love that old Cherokee legend. the words are simple and easy to understand, however, it's can be difficult to put these simple words into actions. Thanks for sharing
    1899 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/17/2015 9:15:40 AM
    and the 'feeding' also comes from those around you.

    at some point, we have to remove the negative people from our lives. Or (for those who must stay in our lives...like family) at least limit our interaction with them.

    "Learn a lesson from you dog - when there's trouble in your life, pee on it, kick some dirt over it, and move on!"
    1899 days ago
    Me? Bad wolf. No, I am just too virtuous these days. I really like this, as we all do have it in us, and it is us that decides which wolf comes out. I do try to talk to myself and to others always with kindness now. It's a good thing!! Spark on!!
    1899 days ago
    There is something so deeply special when one admits that he/she is not perfect, they are only human. I commented on my blog yesterday that I do compare myself to others sometimes. I am not proud of that but it is my truth. There is something about being truthful. I have the highest respect for people to open up and blog about their true inner feelings in hopes to inspire and teach the readers. I learn something every time I read your blogs Steve, your blogs are so very special. Thank you for your honesty, without it I would never get to know you. You are a dearest friend on Sparks, I am so very grateful for that.
    1899 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I've been feeding the bad wolf today and it's made me grumpy all day - but once I grit my teeth and told the truth about what was going on, I felt much better. I'll have to work on feeding the good wolf more!
    1899 days ago

    Thank you Steve, HUGS, Pat
    1899 days ago
  • no profile photo DANAJR715
    Gosh! Thanks for posting this! Exactly what I needed when I needed it!
    1899 days ago
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