Hungry Wolves

by Ray Reuter on November 16, 2017

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.

The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”

The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed.

This tale does not require much additional commentary. Both wolves are inside each of us — we are made that way. Both wolves are hungry and howl for attention. Which one do you feed?

Knowing that death is certain and that the time of death is uncertain, what’s the most important thing?  —Pema Chodron

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