Some say it’s a Native American legend, others don’t source it. I’m only sure that it’s old, because universal truths are discovered early, and repeatedly.
As the story goes, the wise man was talking to a young man, who had asked how a person can know the right way to live. The old man said “Inside me, there are two wolves, one dark and one Bright. One wolf embodies nobility and strength, and the other is full of cowardice and malice. They are constantly fighting.” The young man asks “So, which wolf will win?” The old man says simply “The one I feed.”
The story is told about dragons, wolves, beasts of all kinds. Yet the truth remains. A wise man once said “Your focus determines your reality.” Your focus feeds your Beast.
Both have the will to fight, and both can easily defeat the other, but they need food to fight. When depression happens, sometimes it really feels like a dim and shadowy beast is sitting on me, crushing my spirit, but I don’t take time to “feed” the Bright Beast. If I do, the darkness lifts – not always, but often enough, and my life improves.
The problem is, summoning the will to reach for a solution. Since that can be hard, it is sometimes easier to “feed” the Bright Beast as much as I can, while I’m feeling better, so it’s stronger to defeat the shadowy one.
Do you sometimes feel as if two beasts were fighting inside you?
Today’s art is for the Inktober challenge, day 4.