THE STORY OF THE GOOD WOLF, BAD WOLF – WHICH DO YOU FEED?

At a spiritual retreat, I heard this story: An old man told his grandson, “My son, there is an endless battle that goes on inside all of us. It is between two wolves. One wolf is bad – he is anger, envy, regret, greed, arrogance, resentment, lies, superiority and ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old man answered, “The one you feed.”

My reflection: When my son was in active addiction, the bad wolf inside me grew. I fed him heaping helpings of anger, sadness, regrets, and resentments. Addiction makes it easy for us to stoke the worst parts of ourselves.

Today’s Promise to consider: Negative feelings help the bad wolf to grow fat and mock us with his defiance and rage. It took me fourteen years at addiction’s feet to learn that only through kindness, prayer, and love could I fortify myself and allow the good wolf to become strong.

 

 

 

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Pamela
Pamela
3 years ago

This story makes the heart soften and relax, Libby, thank you xo

Patty
Patty
3 years ago

Amen! Ty for your revelations, they speak to me❤

Robin
Robin
3 years ago

Thanks for that memorable story.

Maxpro
Maxpro
1 year ago

i have seen a wolf and I gave food and water and now I friends with it (good wolf)

Maxpro
Maxpro
1 year ago

Good story tho

Mark J. Dinkel
Mark J. Dinkel
1 year ago

All wolves are good!