Are you a cup-half-full or a cup-half-empty person? Typically positive or negative? You are who and what you are for a variety of reasons. I am, too. Many influences shape us.
That said, I still believe in trying to live from a more positive stance, even if I can't be that way 100 percent of the time.
Ever since I heard what's said to be a Cherokee story several years ago, I've had it hanging on my office wall or tried to keep it in mind. The story goes like this: A grandfather was talking with his grandson one day. He said, "A war is going on inside me. It's a terrible fight between two wolves."
The grandson was alarmed and asked more about it. The grandfather continued: "One wolf is angry—he is envy, greed, selfishness, arrogance, hatred, self-pity and other negative qualities. The other wolf is beautiful and friendly, loving, compassionate, honest, grateful, peaceful and other positive qualities."
The grandson continued listening intently, and his grandfather said, "This same fight is going on inside you and all human beings, too."
This really got the young boy's attention. "But which wolf will win, Grandfather?"
To which the grandfather responded, "The wolf you feed."
Ah, yes, how true. Which wolf are you feeding today?