Whether or not, if you are one for folklore, there is a known Cherokee legend where an elder Cherokee was teaching his grandson about life. If I remember correctly, it goes a little something like this:
“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 grandfather says "The same fight that is going on inside you – is going on inside every other person, too.”
Well, the grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf will win?”
To which he simply replied, “The one you feed.”
The wolf we feed is the one that grows.
What a profound statement. It's short. It’s simple. It makes sense. Yet, it’s also packed with so much significance and substance.
Meaning, what we choose to place our attention on, attracts more of the same.
Therefore, what you give attention to, you attract more of into your life. Again, it’s really quite powerful because our thoughts are like magnets. What we think about, worry, and/or stress about is attracted to and brought into our experience--like a beckoning almost.
We truly create our own experience in this life, and it starts with our thoughts. Or in this case, the wolf we choose to feed.
This month we started 30 Days of Gratitude on Facebook & Instagram, where each day we have a journal prompt. You might be wondering why is journaling so important and what does it have to do with changing your thoughts? Well, how we think ultimately influences how we behave. Now, it’s not like every fleeting thought becomes reality or that everything we think about immediately becomes part of our experience. Craig Groeschel says “Your life is always heading in the direction of your strongest thought”.
Gratitude journaling puts your mind in remembrance of all the good in your life.