Old Cherokee Indian Story

In the last three posts, I pointed to the fact that there are two very different conversations going on within us all the time. The first is the conversation of the ego. It is the voice of fear, worry, problems, concerns, unhappiness and more. The second is the conversation of your higher consciousness. It is the voice of hope, faith, trust, peace, possibility and more.


To complete the conversation about the ego, and if you haven’t read my book Unshackled Leadership, it contains a wonderful story about a Cherokee Indian:


One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside each of us.


“One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, 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 replied, “The one you feed.”


Here’s my recommendation to begin winning the battle over the ego: Every day, read this story to remind yourself of the conversations of the two wolves. Then, spend the day noticing which one you are feeding. Remember: life is about the choices you make and you are always choosing.

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