Friday, July 19, 2013

Feeding Negativity

An old man, teaching his grandson about life, shared this story. "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 man simply replied, "The one you feed."

Feeding our negative thoughts can make us more narrow-minded and rigid in our view of ourselves and our place in the world. A lack of understanding of our personal histories keeps us from adapting when new stresses affect us. Falling back - feeding -- old thought patterns, old behaviors keeps us spinning our wheels and stuck in the muck and mire of dysfunction and unhappiness. Take time to be self-reflective and ask yourself which "wolves" are  you feeding?

Make a commitment to yourself to start withholding the "foods" that are poisoning your mind, your soul.

Enjoy your day, everyone. And remember: Embrace Joy. Be mindful. Live a flourishing life.  ~ Rita 

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