Two Wolves (anger)
An old Indian Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger because a friend had done him an injustice. They sat around a fire under the open starry sky. ”Let me tell you a story.” The old man began. ”I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they have done.”
The Grandfather looked at his Grandson and said. “But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.” He continued, “It is as if there are two wolves inside me.”
“One is good and does no harm.” The Grandfather continued. ”He lives in harmony with everything around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.”
“But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger.” The Grandfather said with intensity. ”The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.”
“Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.” The Grandfather finished.
The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”
The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, “The one I feed.”
(moral: Do not feed your anger. Anger is like gripping a red hot coal, lifting up, raring back and attempting to throw it at your enemy, only the coal gets stuck to your hand. It will only burn you)
If you kick a stone in anger, you’ll hurt your own foot.
(some quotes on anger)
He who angers you conquers you. ~Elizabeth Kenny
People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing. ~Will Rogers
In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. ~Mark Twain
Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry. ~Lyman Abbott
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. ~Robert G. Ingersoll
Anger is one letter short of danger.
The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. ~Jacqueline Schiff
The picture at the top can be found as wallpaper here: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/wolves/images/24470067/title/wolves-photo …along with some other fine pictures of wolves.