Cherokee Wisdom on Father's Day

When I was a young girl I was fascinated by Indians. This was probably due to the stories my father would tell me, who also happened to be a middle school science teacher after retiring from the military. He took us out West several times during summer school breaks and one of the things we’d get to do was visit Indian ruins. My father is responsible for showing me the importance of learning history, to always take time to explore, and don’t be afraid to try new things. Now that I think about it, my husband (and father to our boys) believes the same. Here is one of my favorite Cherokee legends. An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you — and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” Happy Father’s Day! graywolf


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