Two Wolves

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“In each of us
there live two wolves…”
Grandfather used to say.

“And these two wolves
One bad, one good,
They fight it out each day.

“The bad wolf’s bad,
spreads fear and lies,
pain, anger and dismay.

“The good wolf’s good,
spreads truth and joy,
peace and hope and play.”

And when I’d ask,
“But who will win?”
This is what he’d say:

“Each day we choose
to feed one wolf
and that wolf wins the day.”

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Brad Sneed.
Inspired by a Cherokee legend.
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  • http://www.jamiemiles.com/ Jamie

    Great message. And leaves me wondering what did I feed children for breakfast? The way they are acting today (home from school, of course) I shall never, ever serve that again. I think it was pancakes.

  • Lynnie

    You have every right to be proud of this one… It is perfect! Thanks for sharing it. I'll try to feed the good wolf every day.

  • http://twitter.com/marblespark marblespark

    For ours, it's the gallons of syrup they dunk each bite in that feeds the
    bad wolf!

  • http://twitter.com/marblespark marblespark

    Thanks! Glad you dug it!

  • judypilmaier

    I really like this one. I hope I continue to feed my good wolf. Great poem to share with my school kids.

  • http://twitter.com/marblespark marblespark

    Thanks Judy — Hope the kids dig it!

  • judypilmaier

    I really like this one. I hope I continue to feed my good wolf. Great poem to share with my school kids.

  • http://twitter.com/marblespark marblespark

    Thanks Judy — Hope the kids dig it!

  • http://www.jamiemiles.com/ Jamie

    Great message. And leaves me wondering what did I feed children for breakfast? The way they are acting today (home from school, of course) I shall never, ever serve that again. I think it was pancakes.

  • Lynnie

    You have every right to be proud of this one… It is perfect! Thanks for sharing it. I'll try to feed the good wolf every day.

  • http://twitter.com/marblespark marblespark

    For ours, it's the gallons of syrup they dunk each bite in that feeds the

    bad wolf!

  • http://twitter.com/marblespark marblespark

    Thanks! Glad you dug it!

  • judypilmaier

    I really like this one. I hope I continue to feed my good wolf. Great poem to share with my school kids.

  • http://twitter.com/marblespark marblespark

    Thanks Judy — Hope the kids dig it!

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