One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’”
You are at war with yourself. There is a battle raging everyday for your life. It may not look that way, but it is there. Often times the war is fought through sabotage and manipulation. It is fought in the background of your mind and in the subtle nuances of your day.
It’s present for every meal choice you make; should you eat the foods you know are good for you or stick with the donut and coffee. It’s there when you are getting off work or when the alarm clock goes off at 6am; should you make it the gym or just hit snooze.
It’s a devious war fought in ways you can’t imagine. You have ally’s in the friends you surround yourself with, your CrossFit partners. And you have enemies is places you never look; your colleague who pushes cookies down your throat or in your family who mocks your lifestyle or teases you into eating garbage.
So let me ask you, which wolf do you feed? Do you feed the one who is fighting for your health, for your longevity and for your life. The wolf who wants you to live long and powerfully, who fights for you to be able to pick your grandkids up when you are 75 and stay out of a nursing home. The one who wants you to be ready for anything, filled with the confidence and ability to move powerfully in the world around you. Or do you feed the other one, that scraggly, mangy wolf who lies to you about the enjoyment of today, filling your mind with the BS that you should just enjoy life, tempting you with the falsities of society; tricking you into being unhealthy and reveling in the fact that you are slowly and effectively killing yourself.
Don’t be misled. Every single action you take today regarding your health has massive long term ramifications. You are establishing habits for the rest of your life today. If you set a diet for yourself and you cheat on it every week (not just on designated cheat days) then guess what? You are becoming a cheater and a liar. It’s that simple and that devious. But that one wolf does not want you to hear that, it whispers that what I am saying is crap. Who cares if you have one cookie or eat bread everyday, it’s not that bad for you…
So which wolf you feeding?
And most importantly;
Who are you becoming?