written by Samuel Kwame Boadu
There is an ancient story, which is still very relevant today, about an old Cherokee who wanted to teach his grandson an important lesson of life. One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. 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.” To win at the game of life, it is important that you “feed” yourself with wholesome inputs. The life you have today: the success you enjoy and the failure you suffer, is a result of the many choices you have made up to this point. The life you will have tomorrow will be determined by the choices you make today. Choose and aim for the stars rather than wallow in grime. Let tomorrow take you to these stars.
It was Dale Carnegie, the great American writer and lecturer, who said, “Two men looked out through prison bars; one saw mud, the other stars” The world we live in is akin to a prison. When we look, we choose what to see. When we think, we choose the thoughts to occupy our minds. When we listen, we choose what to hear. Always feed the good wolf in you. See the good in every situation. Create your own universe of greatness, despite what happens to you.
Whatever perception we have about life determines the reality we live in. Both men looking out the prison bars were actually right. But the one who saw stars was happier than the one who saw mud. It is your choice to see stars or mud. Feed your good wolf – see stars, and you will become a star.
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