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Taking Control Over Your Choices

An old Cherokee chief is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fierce fight is going on inside me.” The chief said to the boy. “It is between two wolves. “One wolf is evil. He is guilt, anger, envy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt and ego.” “The second wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.” “It is a terrible fight and the same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win the fight?”

The old chief replied simply, “The one I feed.”

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Taking Control Over Your Choices

Aaron Karmin

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Karmin, A. (2019). Taking Control Over Your Choices. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 3, 2020, from


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