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The Legend of Two Wolves

The Legend of Two Wolves

LifeWords: shared words to enrich and enhance your life.

by Jan Cooke on July 28, 2020

Welcome to the first topic for LIFEWORDS: shared words to enrich and enhance your life. From my childhood to the present moment, I am deeply moved by the power of written words. I am convinced that the direction of my life has been positively impacted by “good words” I have discovered in a wide range of reading genres and I have avidly collected these treasures for decades. I am delighted to have this opportunity to share words which hopefully inspire, enrich and even challenge you as we take this weekly journey together.


The Legend of Two Wolves

The revered tribal elder was teaching the young children about life. He said, “There is a battle between two wolves continually going on inside me. The same battle is going on inside each of you.

One wolf is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, doubt, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, superiority, and false pride.

The other wolf is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, forgiveness, truth, compassion and faith.”

The wide-eyed children sat silently, considering this deep truth. Then one child spoke up, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?” The wise man replied simply, “The one you feed.”
(Native American Legend)


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O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know my words and my actions.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139:1-3, 23-24

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