My Favorite Tale - A Tale of Two Wolves
I was told this tale when I was really battling with my panic and anxiety and it instantly resonated with me. It goes as so -
"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.”
I think about this story often and always remind myself "The one you feed." If I keep feeding into/focusing on all my bad thoughts, of course they are only going to grow stronger and stronger and win. If I choose to focus on positive thoughts and stop "feeding the bad wolf", I will rise above.