2018 Resolutions and the Two Wolves

by Anne Bennett on December 27, 2017

According to a poll published in USA Today, two resolutions top the list as the most popular resolutions for 2018:  weight loss and being a better person. Wanting to eat better and lose weight is easy to understand, but what does “being a better person” actually mean?  The following Native American parable beautifully illustrates the concept:

An old Cherokee chief is teaching his grandson about life. The Elder says to the young boy, “There are two wolves fighting inside each of us. One wolf is evil — it is anger, envy, distrust, self-pity, lies and ego. The other wolf is good — it is love, hope, kindness, generosity and truth.”

The grandson asks his grandfather which wolf wins and the old man replies, “The one you feed.”

Which wolf is winning inside you?

Which wolf are you feeding?

It’s no surprise that we are in the midst of an worldwide obesity epidemic, brought on mainly by sugar-laden processed foods. But I think it’s relevant that this year so many Americans are also prioritizing being kinder and more forgiving as opposed to the hateful and divisive behaviors we’ve seen in the news throughout 2017.

Being a better person means that we should treat everyone, including ourselves, with respect. Living a healthy lifestyle and eating less processed food would be one obvious result. It’s a win-win situation — following one of the most popular 2018 resolutions, being a better person, would result in success with the other most popular resolution: weight loss.

As you approach the new year, take some time to consider which wolf you are feeding. It could make, or break, your resolutions for 2018.

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Marie April 8, 2010 at 8:46 am

YAY!!! I love this! Thanks for sharing!

Mike Boothe May 18, 2016 at 10:17 pm

On some days, both.

Gayle December 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

Anne, I hope to be very cognizant of which one I feed! Thank you!

Lin December 28, 2017 at 7:24 am

Great reminder. This has been a year of journaling for me, a year to realize the truth of this parable and make decisions regarding the future I desire. Wishing you a new year filled with the friends and family who bring you joy as you give joy to others.

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