One of my favorite excerpts from The Pursuit of Growth book is an anonymous story about an old Cherokee chief teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego. The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you — and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”
You diet is not only what you eat. It’s what you consume on your smart phone, what you watch on television, what you view online, what music you listen to each day, what you read, and the people you place in your inner circle. To live an optimal life, it’s critical to be mindful of the things you put into your body – emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
How you think determines how you feel. How you feel determines how you act. How you act determines how you live.
Despite your circumstances, despite your trials, despite your comforts, despite your achievements, the quality of your life is determined between your ears. Your perspective is your prison or your passport. It all starts with how your think. You can master how to take your thoughts captive. You can quickly replace weak thoughts with strong thoughts. You can adopt a mindset that equipped with the right attitude, life is limitless.
How are you programming your mind?
What are you feeding yourself? Are you constantly filling yourself with angry opinionated news, pointless drama, negativity, hatred, gossip, and fear? Or are you following a consistent diet of affirmations, love, opportunities, excitement, positive perspective, and spiritual truth?
The choice is yours. Think. Feel. Act. Live.