The One You Feed

Jim Gustafson

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Different ailments require different medicines. One of the challenges associated with reading and writing about personal growth, healing and wholeness, is that one person’s blessing is another person’s curse. One person may need more and another person needs less of the same thing. Some need to pickup their pace others need to slow down. Some people need to be more assertive, others need to control their aggression. Some need to take more risks, while others need to think more before they leap.

We tend to miss the message we need to hear. It is as if we wear glasses with filtering lenses. Those who would most benefit from seeing some green, wear glasses that filter out green. Those who would benefit from seeing red, have lenses that let only green shine through. Consciously changing lenses opens new personal perspectives. It can help us discover the undernourished places in our lives. Seeing what we do not wish to see and hearing what we do not wish to hear, is often the only way to move forward in our journey to healing and wholeness. In other words, we choose to be aware instead of avoid. We choose our destiny over our denial. We feed the hungry parts of our spirit, rather than the overfed.

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, “Which wolf wins?" The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed. "


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