This is a Native American story about the duality of being human and the choices that we make every day. Think about this tale with all of the decisions you make today. Recognize your feeling and decipher between what is noble and what is not. Realize that the good will not always win and you need to accept when this happens. It is important to understand the difference between ALLOWING the immoral and “darker” behaviors and thoughts to overcome and “ACCEPTING” when it happens. We should always strive to take the higher path and allow the positive thoughts, emotions, and actions shine through while not allowing the negatives become reality. Sometimes this is not possible and we need to accept that we are not perfect and shouldn’t try to be. The best we can do is to live virtuously by focusing all of our thoughts and efforts towards the positive in ourselves and others and not look down on ourselves when we falter in this.
*I found this story on the Nanticoke Indian Association web site. I’m a strong believer in citing my work people!
ONE EVENING, AN ELDERLY CHEROKEE BRAVE TOLD HIS GRANDSON ABOUT A BATTLE THAT GOES ON INSIDE PEOPLE. HE SAID “MY SON, THE BATTLE IS BETWEEN TWO ‘WOLVES’ INSIDE 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 THOUGH ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE AND THEN ASKED HIS GRANDFATHER: “WHICH WOLF WINS?…” THE OLD CHEROKEE SIMPLY REPLIED, “THE ONE THAT YOU FEED”
After posting this story I realized that one of the features of this site is tattoos and though I have many, I’ve never really shared too many of them with you. I think this is an appropriate time! This one was done by Casey Buxton at Sea Change Tattoo on Vashon Island, WA!
The “Big Bad Wolf with a Heart of Gold” is a dedication to my brother Daniel. The tattoo and the title I’ve given it fits him perfectly. No further explanation needed.
Warm-Up: Stretching with PVC, 5 x 60 barfeoot single unders, 5 HRPU x 3, 8 KB swings at 35lbs x 3, 10 A/S x 3.
Strength: DE Sumo dead lift 7 x 3 @65% 1RM every :45s.
Completed with a load of 185lbs.
Conditioning WOD: 5 rounds for time of – 5 BW bench press (160lbs) and 10 burpees.
- Time: 11:54.
REST, RECOVERY, and MOBILITY!