a cherokee story

i’ve had the following story in a journal a mighty long time.

i re~discovered it the other day

thought i’d have a show & tell

and post it along with some paintings of american indians 

by my {late} grandmother janet…



An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.


“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,

arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,

false pride, superiority, and ego.


The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope,

serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,

generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you –

and inside every other person, too.”


The grandson thought about it for a minute

and then asked his grandfather, 


“Which wolf will win?”



The old Cherokee simply replied, 


“The one you feed.”






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