I love this story, having heard and read it many times before. You probably have too. The imagery put me off a little at first – using wolves as the metaphor for our two inner selves. I associate wolves with aggressiveness, fearlessness and a very hostile reaction to Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother, despite my awareness that they are also nurturing, protective and inclined to stay with their pack. So retrospectively – it seems the analogy is perfect, doesn’t it?
We choose everyday. Certainly in the law firm environment in which I worked, I saw far more self-serving behavior than anything else. The intensity of the competition, the race to be the best, the ego needs that demanded assuaging, the unspoken reality that you ‘eat-what-you-kill’. The challenge – which was honestly fun to accept – was choosing to remain part of the firm’s collective conscience. Did I do this perfectly? Absolutely not. Was the lure of inferiority nipping at my heels – you’re kidding, right? This is me. Of course it did. And did I act at times out of anger? Yes although probably more in a passive aggressive way, because in that regard I’m wrapped pretty tight.
This isn’t about me though – it’s about you. Do you realize the elements within you that aren’t aligned – the ‘ fight’ if you will for emotional sustenance, attention and control that wrestles within you? Certainly it is far preferable to feed the goodness, cultivate it, share it – make it the stronger part of who you are, so that you look upon the end of each day as one you lived well. Sometimes though, we do feed the wrong elements of our being – do you know when you’re doing it? When at work? At home? How does it reinforce the perception that others have of you? Thoughts for a Wednesday morning, considerations for a lifetime? Choose well today my friends and make it a good day.