The world is in a tough place right now and especially in Melbourne where we are in Stage 4 lockdowns. It has been a couple of weeks now and I am sure that there are a lot of people feeling the depression and anger at not being able to do much of anything outside of our own homes, especially when the rest of Australia is kind of getting back to normal. I too have struggled trying to keep my spirits up and I’m sure that my dog Jack is sick of me chatting away to him! But I heard a Cherokee legend a couple of weeks ago which really resonated with me and I hope it does with you too. –
An elderly man was teaching his grandson about life, he said to the boy “A fight is going on inside of me, it’s a terrible fight and it’s between two wolves, one is evil, he is anger, envy, regret, greed, self-pity, guilt and ego. He continued, the other is good, he is peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, compassion and gratitude. The 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 man simply replied, “the one you feed”.
The more I thought about this story the more I realised how true it is, this is how negativity works. Our negativity can turn into a habit which in turn can cause chaos within our heads and hearts. It is a real challenge to feed the right wolf at times but it is now more important than ever to feed the positive one.
Since March, I have kept a gratitude journal which I write in each night before bed, 3 things in that day I am grateful for. I am trying to feed that positive wolf and it has made me realise the I have much to be grateful for. Some days with all the negative influences in our lives like the news, social media and other people’s stupidity, we just don’t see the positives.
We all have problems, but we have a choice each morning, a choice in whether we view the world in a filter of negativity or a filter of appreciation. I know that I am trying desperately each day to have my positive filter on and notice the profound gifts that surround me every day.
When I started writing my gratitude journal, I found it hard to find things to be grateful for. It isn’t easy and it takes practise, you have to choose to look for it every day. I promise if you start to practice gratitude your view will shift, your perspective on life can and will change. You will start to notice the little things like; clean air, fresh food, the kindness of a stranger, how wonderful cuddles from your children or your pet are and the beauty of a rain drop on a leaf or flower petal.
So, I challenge you, each morning, make sure you wake up the Good Wolf and feed him before the Evil Wolf is even aware and tell me how it felt during the day, were you able to find gratitude in your life?
“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” ~ Robert Braathe