“One evening a Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people … “My son, the battle is between 2 wolves inside of us all. 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 …then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
When we philosophize about our lives and how we deal with unforeseen, yet inescapable, traumas and/or diseases, we might benefit from the wisdom that echoes in the words of the Cherokee to his grandson … we choose the path we take in life, in battle, and what we choose, you and I, is to follow a lighted path of understanding through education and knowledge, compassion and empathy, truth and reality, determination and faith.
Education, knowledge, and perseverance are the cornerstones of learning to understand and deal with the treachery that can undermine our day to day lives or invade our bodies, our minds, and our emotions if we, a loved one or friend, is confronted with disaster or taken hostage by disease. With the relevant resources and multi-faceted information available, we can become more aware of how to best cope with the aftermath of natures’ fury or the indiscriminate attack of disease.
The measure of nature’s fury is unpredictable and undeterminable until she has exhausted herself and retreated. Sometimes we can, through technology, anticipate to varying degrees what to expect and how to prepare for nature to upheave our lives. What we are more and better equipped to do today is to learn how to prepare for tomorrow. The information about agencies, support groups, and the potential means by which we can begin to put our lives back together again in a post-disaster situation are readily available on the internet, at local community services centers and the like. We can’t take yesterday, or even today, back, but we certainly can contribute to how we script tomorrow.
The measure of how we face and ultimately deal with the infliction/on-set of disease can in certain ways determine our future – its longevity and its quality. Through taking care of our bodies with exercise, traditional methods of treatment- long standing ones and/or the most current and cutting edge ones (even experimental possibilities) and if desired with holistic approaches to treatment, and through proper nutrition we can help to control, maintain, and occasionally defeat the ravages of disease.
Equally vital is how each one of us – under such circumstances – confronts the enormity of change in one’s life force which surrounds and infuses our days and nights. For every aspect of change we have opportunities available to us to look for guidance and direction and ways to begin healing the body, the mind, and the senses.
The power of our minds and hearts can have an incredible bearing in our lives, and can help quantify and qualify each day in every life. The choices we make should be instruments, avenues, through which and by which we can gain access to a myriad of support networks that will help us learn and understand that we have such choices through which to empower ourselves and strive towards a quality of life which invites strength, belief and positive thinking, and the determination to fight, to survive, and to embrace life every day. Our goals and our journey towards them are a constant reminder of the overwhelming challenges and arduous battles that have been – literally – thrust upon us.
The visualization of our dreams lies in the strength of our faith; the actualization of our dreams and the subsequent endeavours which evolve from our determination to survive and the faith we have in ourselves. Whatever happened to us yesterday today is about the rest of our lives. It is about turning the silence of our surroundings into a voice of support and comfort. It is about turning the fears and uncertainties of yesterday into memories that give us the wisdom, the love, and the joy in life for our future. The quality of our lives should aspire to the warmth of the sun rising each day and the sleep it takes in the nighttime sky.
Quote: “A Tale of Two Wolves,” A Cherokee Proverb