An Old Cherokee Legend
"A fight is going on inside me," says an old Cherokee to his grandson as he teaches him about life. "It's a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, guilt, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego."
He continued, "the other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, truth, compassion, generosity, and faith. The same fight is going on inside of you - and inside every other person too."
The grandson thought about it for a while and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
You reap what you sow
Every choice, action, thought, and moment that we experience is an exchange of energy. The quality of our experiences depends on whether we are feeding the good wolf or the bad one - whether our action or thought promotes compassion or hate and so on. Our lives are so intertwined with each other that this energy transcends the boundary between mine and yours, them and us, we and they. It's our actions and we all reap the consequences somewhere down the line.
We're not meant to be perfect
Of course, being accountable for every moment and staying positive 100% of our time is nearly impossible because we are human, and we are imperfect, and that is okay. The bad wolf will always be there.
So what's the point then, you ask?
Small Acts Count aims to introduce the practice of good energy exchange into your daily habits with small and easy concepts and behaviors. Slowly, but surely, as we feed it, the good wolf begins to win the fight.
Lao Tzu said, "You begin the journey of a thousand miles with a single step."
We are the disease
Whether we like it or not, we are on this planet together, and we, humans, are a disease to it. Dozens of species go extinct each day and our planet has reached a tipping point for sustaining us. Millions of people go without food or water for days, while our country (USA) produces four times the amount of food necessary and wastes 40% of it and billions of dollars.
When we are born we do not know very much.
Someone teaches us. As growing children, we mimic what we see and repeat what we hear. What kind of examples are we leading for our children? How is that going to further affect the dangerously delicate state of our planet?
So, are you ready to feed the good wolf?
Integrating Small Acts into your daily life will not only improve the quality of your life by creating a cycle of positive energy and moving away from cycles of negative energy, but it will also improve the lives of future generations because your actions will have a lasting positive impact on preserving the beauty and livelihood of our planet.