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. We have choices on how we interpret things. We have choices on how we feel. We can go down the positive, optimistic road. Or we 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
We can change our lives by having the courage to bring into our 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 we were not raised as a positive person seeking joy, peace, love, hope in our lives, doesn’t mean that we can’t live our life from that place.
If you knew that hope and despair were paths to the same destination, which would you choose?
– Robert Brault
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.
We have two choices, accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility to change them. If we find that we have strayed into feeding the “evil” wolf, we 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 our mistakes. As the saying goes, “the buck stops here”. Just start making better choices.
Sometimes we think we are making a good choice, only to discover we 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 us a new chance to get back on our own path, making better choices..
There are always two paths before you,,,, the one that will take you where you want to go, and the one that will take you where you need to go.
– Linda Poindexter
We have the choice everyday 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 we fall back asleep. We can always choose again, to wake up and to be different. Every choice we make, makes us who we are. We can choose to be distinct. To be what only we 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? It is have fun and give people something to talk about.
This is an important step on the path of love: Link your spirit to love itself, open your heart to existence, choose love as your spiritual journey and you will never be disappointed with humans.