“Grandfather Tells” which is also known as “The Wolves Within”
An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.
But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.” He continued, “It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.
But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.
Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”
The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”
The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, “The one I feed.”
The MEGA Coach
Simple Truths is a wonderful website by Mac Anderson with many inspirational books and videos.
Here is a good one I would like to share with you regarding our furry friends.
It’s a society where teamwork, loyalty and communication are the norm rather than the exception.
Sound like utopia? Actually, it’s already present in nature – in a wolf pack.
The wolf pack knows who it is. Those in the pack exist for each other.
Twyman Towery, Ph.D., a professional speaker and consultant who studied the lessons of leadership in nature, has captured them in a book called Wisdom of Wolves.
Twyman shares the parallels between the wolf pack and human behavior…in business life, family life, and personal life.
From “Keep Going – The Art of Perseverance” by Joseph M. Marshall III:
A young man asked his grandfather why life had to be so difficult sometimes.
This was the old man’s reply.
Grandfather says this: “In life there is sadness as well as joy, losing as well as winning, falling as well as standing, hunger as well as plenty, badness as well as goodness. I no not say this to make you despair, but to teach you reality. Life is a journey sometimes walked in light, sometimes in shadow.”
Grandfather says this: “You did not ask to be born, but you are here. You have weaknesses as well as strengths. You have both because in life there is two of everything. Within you is the will to win, as well as the willingness to lose. Within you is the heart to feel compassion as well as the smallness to be arrogant. Within you is the way to face life as well as the fear to turn away from it.”
Grandfather says this: “Life can give you strength. Strength can come from facing the storms of life, from knowing loss, feeling sadness and heartache, from falling into the depths of grief. You must stand up in the storm. You must face the wind and the cold and the darkness. When the storm blows hard you must stand firm, for it is not trying to knock you down, it is really trying to teach you to be strong.”
Grandfather says this: “Being strong means taking one more step toward the top of the hill, no matter how weary you may be. It means letting the tears flow through the grief. It means to keep looking for the answer, though the darkness of despair is all around you. Being strong means to cling to hope for one more heartbeat, one more sunrise. Each step, no matter how difficult, is one more step closer to the top of the hill. To keep hope alive for one more heartbeat at a time leads to the light of the next sunrise, and the promise of a new day.”
Grandfather says this: “The weakest step toward the top of the hill, toward sunrise, toward hope, is stronger than the fiercest storm.”
Grandfather says this: “Keep Going.”
The MEGA Coach
When are you going to go total?
When are you going to give yourself your full expression?
Because, NOW is all you have.
If you tell yourself that you will do it tomorrow, or next week or next month, when the future actually arrives, it is NOW. So living in the future is a sure way to avoid the present and not do what needs to be done now. Or you can live in the past which is like driving your car while looking through your rear view mirror. You miss the present moment and everything that is in front of you because you are focused on what is behind you.
You can focus on the problems, limitations and reasons why things are so bad, which is sadly the focus of many people’s thoughts, conversations and worries. Or you can look at solutions, opportunities and how you can express your highest potential. You can dedicate your energy, resources and actions to being successful now.
Life is what you make.
Is the glass half empty or half full?
Is your life worth giving it everything you have and going total?
Because that is what it takes to achieve greatness.
In order to create superior results, especially in challenging circumstances, you must focus your energy on positive thoughts, words, feelings and actions on a consistent basis. You must surround yourself with positive, uplifting people, energy, environments, situations, etc. You have to maintain your consistency and determination and never quit. No one said it was going to be easy. Accomplishing anything worthwhile requires hard work, dedication, persistence and sacrifice. The good news is that greatness is always worth the investment.
Too many people want shortcuts to success – this is a trap.
You hear people say they want to be healthy but they eat poorly and do not exercise.
You hear people say they want more income and a better job, but they won’t do what it takes to earn it.
Anything is possible and if you really want it, you will make it happen…..the rest is a story.
This is a rich, friendly universe and abundance is all around for those looking in the right way.
It is easy to get fooled by appearances. When it is cloudy the sun is always shining above for those with a higher perspective. Good attracts good…..great attracts great……excellence attracts excellence……MEGA attracts MEGA.
So get busy living and creating your own magnificent life.
There is so much to be thankful for!
Have a wonderful and prosperous weekend!
The MEGA Coach
Here is something to make you feel thankful and inspired:
From The I Ching – Book of Changes, by Brian Browne Walker:
Give proper nourishment to yourself and others.
Nourishment of your body and spirit is important and merits your conscientious attention.
The I Ching teaches that if you wish to guage someone’s character, you should notice what he nourishes in himself and in others. Those who cultivate inferior behaviors and relationships are inferior people; those who cultivate superior qualities in themselves and others are superior people. This is a test you should apply to yourself and others.
What you put into your body is obviously important. Because it determines your fundamental physical well-being, it is wise to be moderate and thoughtful about the food you eat. What you put into your mind is even more significant and regulating it is a more subtle art.
1) You should not feed your mind on desire as a host of inferior influences come into play. A self-reinforcing cycle of negativity is created so it is wise to hold yourself free of desire.
2) Begin and continue a regular practice of meditation. Sitting quietly with your eyes closed for even as little as ten or fifteen minutes a day begins to “clear the waste”out of your heart and mind, making room for the nourishment of peace and wisdom to enter in. To sit in meditation is to tune your ear to the voice of The Sage and it is the most powerful way of gaining his assistance.
3) Observe tranquility in speech, thoughts and actions. By cultivating calm and equanimity in all that you say, think and do, you nourish your superior self and that of those around you.
One who follows these three counsels now will meet with good fortune.
“He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.”
The MEGA Coach