Be Well Be Happy

Once upon a time, a Native American elder was telling his grandson a story of two wolves that live in each one of us and wage a daily struggle for dominance in our lives. One wolf is filled with love, joy, hope, peace, gratitude, optimism, generosity, understanding, humility, kindness, truth, faith, and compassion. The other is a reflection of bitterness, envy, anger, sorrow, guilt, greed, arrogance, self-pity, inferiority, lies, ego, selfishness, and judgment.

Their struggle is constant, their determination to win unwavering. “So, which wolf wins?” asked the grandson. The grandfather responded, “The one you feed.”

During this time, we’re witnessing great discord and disharmony after having come together seemingly under the quarantine guidelines. Professions of gratitude, acts of kindness and generosity abounded. Now the opposite seems to be taking hold. For the most part, we’re not going to teach old dogs new tricks; but we can teach the young people exactly what the elder was teaching his grandson. 

The only way anything is going to change is if it is approached with goodness and intelligence. Taking the time to examine what is really going on, thinking on it and forming opinions for the good of all and acting on them without violence. Instead of bats, let’s wield wands. Yes, I’ve always been optimistic and I believe in the goodness of humanity. I think goodness will prevail and we’ll get to a point where more and more people will realize that there are good and there are bad and this has been since the beginning of time. One of the lessons we learned from the pandemic is that it did not discriminate. It didn’t matter who you are, how much money you have, what position you have, what class, what religion, what anything. 

People are behaving in extremes - on opposite ends - maybe that is what has to happen so we can land in the middle in peace and harmony? There are no absolutes.  We shouldn’t stand with groups only because of what they represent. And one or a few who have acted in violence should not be considered as representative of the group.  Let’s focus on core principles and re-train and re-educate. 

What is in our control is what is in our household. What do we say? What do we think? What examples do we project? Let’s soften our hearts, open up for understanding and make choices based not on hate but based on understanding, stepping back and thinking about how this can work. 

Ask yourself which wolf do you want to be? You have your choice. If you choose to be the latter in the above, motivated by ego, greed, etc., that is your choice. If you’re acting that way because it was how you were taught or you have always been that way, then maybe it is time to think about it as an observer taking a step back. If you choose to be the former, then make it contagious! 

***“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”  ~Henry David Thoreau

May you be happy.  May you be free.  May you be grateful. May you be compassionate.  May you let go of things that do not serve you.  May you have inner peace. 

By Paulette Mancuga 

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