Choices, Chances, Changes, and The Courage To Make Them
An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”
The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”
I have always loved this story because it is so on point. You have choices on how you interpret things. You have choices on how you feel. You can go down the positive, optimistic road. Or you can go down the negative, pessimistic road. I try very hard to go down the positive road.
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. – Nelson Mandela
You can change your life by having the courage to bring into your life something that was never fostered or nurtured in you as a child. All of the good wolfs qualities, joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth come from having a positive self-worth. Just because you were not raised as a positive person seeking joy, peace, love, hope in your life, doesn’t mean that you can’t live your life from that place.
The pathway here of the good wolf is the same one as Robert Frost’s less traveled road. Many people feed the “evil” wolf’s feelings of drama – anger, jealousy, greed – they blame all of their problems on someone else. Nothing is their fault. They just have bad luck. Can’t get ahead, and so on, and so on. The “evil” wolfs path is paved with bad choices made in the past, and excuses for what is happening in the present.
You have two choices,
accept conditions as they exist,
or accept the responsibility to change them.
If you find that you have strayed into feeding the “evil” wolf, you can stop feeding him. We all have times that we make poor decisions. You have the power to change circumstances immediately by accepting responsibility for where you are. For all of the choices you have made. To not make any more excuses for your mistakes. As the saying goes, “the buck stops here”. Just start making better choices.
Sometimes you think you are making a good choice, only to discover you didn’t. How can you tell which road to choose? You can tell the difference in how the energy or vibrations make you feel in your body as you contemplate your decisions.
When you are compromising your spirit, it feels wrong. You might get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. But every time you make a good choice, a positive choice, even if it has negative consequences, you feel lighter, cleaner in your spirit.
Picking a path with heart – Carlos Castaneda
Choose the path that takes you where you need to go. It is the path of growth.
Do what you are afraid to do.
It is how good character is developed.
Embrace, accept and celebrate each choice you make that keeps you walking your own path in life. Embrace it and own it when the bad wolf wins. Stop feeding it and start feeding the good wolf again.
It is easy to wander off the path. To get distracted. Each minute gives you a new chance to get back on your own path, making better choices.
You have the choice every day to be just like the crowd, asleep at the wheel, and just existing in life. To get distracted by the bright shiny lights. To get so busy with life’s distractions that you fall back asleep.
You can always choose again, to wake up and to be different. Every choice you make, makes you who you are. You can choose to be distinct. To be what only you can be.
I choose to live by choice not by chance,
To be motivated, not manipulated,
To be useful, not used,
To make change, not excuses,
To excel, not compete,
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity,
I choose to listen to my inner voice,
Not to listed to the random opinions of others . . .
When I think of this, I immediately think of the photos of the little old ladies in New York City. They dress up in wild colors. They wear outrageous hats. They have style. They are saying “Look at me, that’s right, take a second or third look”. They crack me up, because they don’t care if you are judging them, because they are having too much fun being an original distinctive wild woman. Their life viewpoint, have fun and give people something to talk about.