personal pow wow

Self-improvement guru Anthony Robbins sold me on his Personal Power program, more than 25 years ago. The one thing he explained, which stuck with me the most from all the choice growth nuggets he tossed out was:

“Imagine what our lives would be like in 5, 10, 20 years into the future, should we continue on the same path we’re on now, without making changes.”

He talked about how it’s in our human nature, to gravitate towards immediate pleasure, and away from anything that causes discomfort. Which is why most of us need motivation to induce a sweat. No pain, no gain–we all know this.

To this day, I still run from every opportunity to go jogging.
To this day, I still run from every opportunity to go jogging.

Today, I found this old Cherokee proverb called, Two Wolves. It reads much like a Native American version of what Mr. Robbins teaches.

I trust you’ll enjoy the read:

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

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

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”