Sunday Inspiration: “Which Wolf Wins?”

There once was an old Cherokee who one evening 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, 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.” — Author Unknown

This story is especially good for young people because it’s so easy to visualize and understand.  I think it’s inspiring for all ages because it makes morality so personal.  No blame.  No shame.  No “Thou shall not!”.  It’s simply up to each one of us: Which wolf will we feed?


  1. SueAnn Beer on October 13, 2013 at 2:05 am

    This is excellent! Post it on FB ! I will relate this to my 23 yr old son in the morning…he has been feeding the wrong wolf for a while and I have been trying to help him…..this is a most excellent example for him to hear…and think about, without “Mom”…..telling him so! I will relate it just as you have it here…We all need each other don’t we….and never expect it ….thanks for the gift today.

    • Emilie Richards on October 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

      I’m so glad you found it this morning and that it’s helpful, Sue Ann.

  2. Judy on October 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I read this this morning and was thankful to see it again. When I saw it a long time ago, I kind of made it my margin line and ask myself in lots of situations, Which Wolf am I feeding? Gives lots of moments for thought. Thank you for posting it again.

  3. Lynn Ross on October 14, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I have always loved this! Thanks for posting it.

  4. Mary Preston on October 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

    This is the first time I have heard this tale of inspiration. I will remember it. Wonderful.

  5. Patricia Kasner on October 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    That is a great tale and will share it with other people

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