The Story of the Two Wolves

Mrs. Eddy once told a student, “Error comes to you for life, and you give it all the life it has.” The following story is a good illustration of this very important truth. — Mary Beth Singleterry

An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, pride and hatred. The other wolf represents joy, love, peace, humility, forgiveness and honesty. This fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

The children thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee replied simply, “The one you feed.”

This story is a good reminder not to mull over negative experiences or indulge in negative emotions. In Science we learn, if it wasn’t good it is no more real than a bad dream! We do have a choice as to what thoughts we will think. In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy wisely instructs us to “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thought.”

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