Which Wolf Wins?


  • Inner Battle: The story describes an internal conflict between two "wolves": a negative one fueled by fear and a positive one driven by our true nature.
  • Feeding the Wolves: Whichever wolf we "feed" with our attention and actions grows stronger.
  • Modern Parallel: Social media feeds are like the wolves - what we focus on most is what comes up in our feed.
  • Conscious Choice: The key to overcoming negativity is to become more aware and choose to "feed" the positive wolf through intentional thoughts and actions. We can't eliminate the negative entirely, but we can weaken its influence.
'When you’re living by default, you’re automatically reacting to life in habitual ways, many of which may be limiting you and your life. In contrast, living deliberately means making more conscious and constructive life choices. When you’re living deliberately, you’re living from a position of responsibility; you’re making choices with greater awareness. You’re taken yourself off autopilot, so you’re better prepared to align your actions with the results you want to achieve."
- Lauren Mackler


As well known as the fabled Two Wolves allegory is, it perfectly describes the ongoing inner struggle we contend with from the cradle to the grave.

One evening, an elderly Cherokee Brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people.

He said; 'My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is useless, born of fear, it is anger, envy, jealousy, possessiveness, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, insecurities, lies, pride, entitlement and ego.

The other is powerful, born of our true nature. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, curiosity, humility, kindness, benevolence, compassion, patience, generosity, self-mastery, truth and faith.'

The grandson thought about it for a minute, then asked, 'Which wolf wins?'

The old Cherokee simply replied; 'The one you feed.'

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

Fast forward to the 21st century and generations of people who understand that what features in their social media feed is driven by whatever is most frequently viewed. 
As in the case of the two wolves, it's as if we have two code-clashing programs running inside of us competing for dominance. Our thoughts, emotions, responses and actions are inexorably driven by what we focus on most but that doesn't lessen the threat of powering up the undesirable malware with its glitches malfunctions.

What Do You Do When The Wrong Wolf Shows Up?

The truth is we never really conquer either way, we vascilate between the two programs throughout the day as we interact with other and are exposed to various circumstances and events. This is exacerbated by the how much of our day is done on auto-pilot.

The win lies in coming off auto-pilot, ranking up our awareness, cognizance and doing stuff on purpose rather than with knee-jerk responses.  Every time we choose kindness over a sarcasm we give the good wolf a power boost. The more you focus on peace and calm, we unplug the black hole scenarios and we upgrade our functioning to next-level functionality.

Takeaway: You are not your thoughts. You are the master of your thoughts. You can watch them, you can even feel them. Teach your brain not to reward useless thoughts by giving them time or space in our head. Acknowldging them stops them in their tracks. After that you either dismiss them and replace them or pick them up and entertain them again.

The bottom line is it's up to you!

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical or psychological advice. Please consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalized guidance.

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