Two more wolves

wolves asleep & awakeI got so much great feedback about the two wolves parable last week, so here it is again with some more ideas on what it means to me.

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
“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, self-doubt, and ego.
“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
“This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied,
“The one you feed.”

Notice your thoughts as they ebb and flow. Which wolf are your thoughts feeding?

Noticing your thoughts is about being mindful and self-aware. Noticing a thought is like watching it from a distance without trying to do anything with it; like watching sheep moving on a hill in the distance, or lying on the grass on a sunny day watching small clouds go about their business.

The only thoughts that have any calories for a wolf are the ones we engage with and dwell on. Thoughts that just drift through our minds are just thoughts; they drift as thoughts do, vanish as thoughts do, and they are not wolf food. A wolf without food becomes weak and sleepy.

Become aware of the thoughts you are engaging with, the thoughts you re-think and roll around in your mind. The thoughts that you revisit when you are alone. The thoughts that you are packing full of calories for the wolves.

Now, I ask you again, which wolf are your thoughts feeding?

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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About the Author:

People Alchemy’s founder and managing director is Paul Matthews. Paul’s key skill is in making the ideas come alive with stories, and making sure his listeners receive practical tools and tips to take away and implement. He excels at reducing complex theory down to simple concepts and then articulating these in a way that everyone can understand, and more importantly, use to get better results for themselves and their organisations. Paul is a regular speaker at HR and L&D events and exhibitions covering topics such as harnessing the power of informal learning, capability at work, workplace performance, and how L&D can be effective in these tough times. He is also invited to speak on management and leadership, and how they impact on capability and performance at work.

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