Let Your Inner Light Shine
Several months ago, I wrote a post where I shared The Tale of Two Wolves. In the tale, the wise old Cherokee man tells his grandson about a battle between the good and bad that lives in us and compares each to a wolf. The young boy then asks his grandfather which wolf wins the battle. The grandfather replies “The one you feed.” The grandfather's reply seems so obvious. If you want the good to prevail, just keep focusing on the good.
I met with a friend for coffee. During our conversation, she said, “I let one wolf starve and it bit me.” Her comment definitely went against the lesson learned from the tale. I thought that by starving the bad wolf, he would go away.
If two wolves were fighting in real life, the stronger wolf would win. But just because one wins doesn’t mean the other wolf dies. And this is exactly what my friend was referring to.
Instead of hoping the bad wolf dies, we must accept it's part of who we are. We all have a dark side. But we also have a side of bright pure light. And we can choose each day which one we want to make stronger. We must learn to accept all of our emotions -- even the negative ones -- and deal with them. It’s not about hiding our dark side; it’s about making peace with it. At times, we need to sit with our uncomfortable and sometimes dark thoughts and emotions. We need to give them time to heal, until the light is able to shine through again. There is goodness in everything, even if we fail to see it at first. We must have faith and trust that our light is strong enough to always shine through even in the darkest moments.