Two Wolves: A Native American Legend

Written on July 17, 2010

There’s a Native American legend that goes like this:

A grandfather sat with his grandson high on a mountain overlooking a valley. Seeing the beautiful day as a time when he might teach the boy something, the old man began.

“Inside me, there are two wolves fighting. One is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego…

… the other is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The little boy was amazed and frightened at the thought of these two great beasts fighting inside his grandfather. “Which one will win, Grandfather.”

Looking into the little boy’s wide eyes, the old man answered. “The one I feed.”

– Ruth