I’m sitting in my car listening to opera and eating a peppermint crisp (sorry to my non-South African readers who don’t know what this is. It is an exquisite chocolate with crispy crackley peppermint candy inside)
Absolute bliss! And I deserve it!
There is a story that has been doing the email and Facebook rounds that the tells the story about a discussion between an old Cherokee and his grandson. He said, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves that goes on inside of all of us. One is evil, it is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “whichever one you feed”
It is such a lovely story that happens to be so true and so relevant to the lives that we lead in this busy, hectic, crazy world of ours.
You always have a choice between the negative and the positive.
I could choose to be irritable about having to sit in the car waiting for my son to finish his drum lessons or I can choose to use this time for my own peaceful, happy and quiet (kid free) time (and to write this of course).
I am not saying that people with depression can choose to be positive when they are not well. That is a really difficult thing to do.
But I am saying that most people who are stressed (and I know that you don’t want to be stressed because you are reading this) tend to choose the negative option. We get stuck in the negativity and always expect the worst.
The problem is that if you have a negative attitude, you tend to only notice the negative.
You tend to let the small stuff get you down and you quickly become overwhelmed by your life and all of your responsibilities.
Yet, if you choose to focus on positivity, you start noticing the good around you. You feel more able to cope and find life more enjoyable because you create enjoyable moments.
Try not to feed the negative wolf.
I know that you can make that choice, because your life is worth so much more than entertaining that negative wolf!