Scrolling through hundreds of online articles, a memory presented itself. Typing in what little could be remembered, an old Native American tale appeared.
It goes like this:
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.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The 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.”
This fight goes on inside everyone, according to the Cherokee elder. Every single day, every single moment, a decision presents itself. Will the devil on your left shoulder claim victory? Or will the angel on your right take the reins? The decision is urgent. Just keep this in mind, for it is the key to a life full of love and laughter:
Times of misfortune and crisis will call. There will be days when the car won’t start and your phone is dead and it feels like the world is collapsing.
But, as seventh grader, Lauren Duong likes to say, “Anger gets you nowhere. The only path to a better life is positivity and love.”
So Staconians, keep your heads up high and start the new year off strong.