Two Wolves

by Lou on October 4, 2005

A friend of mine sent me this. I usually don’t care much about these metaphorical stories that make their way along the internet, but this one has such a strong poker connection, and is so true of life in general, that it’s really worth passing along:

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between the two wolves inside us all. One wolf is evil; it is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“The other wolf 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 will win the battle?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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