I’M HERE!!! I DID IT!!! Which means that sadly…
This was a lot of fun.
Three days ago, the britchy one (whose stories I love, btw) asked me to do this challenge and it has been SO COOL, and TONS of fun. I don’t share what I like/love too often on my blog (not in a direct way, anyhow) and this is one of those chances for me to do that.
Which is why today is sad.
Because it’s the last day.
I, of course, am ending with a quote on wolves.
I’m going to go ahead with the one in the picture, the one about the two wolves, but I did consider doing this other wolf quote by Hugh Macleod. (You know, “The price of being a sheep is boredom. The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with great care.” That one? Yeah.) But I went with the one pictured above instead.
It’s not really a quote, more like a proverb. But still.
I love it.
Firstly because it implies that there is ferocity inside all of us, and I truly believe that there is. Even in the most timid of people, there is a wolf. It simply doesn’t come out unless there’s a full moon. At least, for that timid person.
There are others whose wolves take up a great portion of their lives, or their personalities. Who let our ferocity out.
I think I’m one of those people.
And I don’t think ferocity is a bad thing.
Loving fiercely, being fiercely kind, or fiercely loyal.
I think those are things this world is lacking of lately, and it’s a real bummer. If people were more fierce in the gentle things, the world would be a better place.
Anyhow, I digress.
About the quote:
I think the dark wolf is the lone-wolf aspect of life. The comfortable path that’s easy to take. That wolf takes hardly any feeding. It’s fine subsisting on scraps, on moldy foods, on complete garbage. It can not only live off that stuff, but it can thrive.
That wolf is the easy path.
The path of anger.
Of, essentially, selfishness.
That wolf is easiest to feed. And easiest to give to. It’s comfortable. It’s seems smart. Why have to feed a beast with standards, right? If you’ve got to choose between a dog that will only eat fillet mignon, and a dog that will eat anything, why choose the one with expensive taste, right? Seems like a bad choice to me.
But, what people don’t realize, is that it eats a lot more than the other wolf. That, for the dark wolf, a feeding a day isn’t enough.
It wants to eat everything.
It will eat everything.
Eventually, it’ll even eat you.
It’s easy to feed, sure, but not when it starts getting hungry.
That wolf will consume you.
And others will start to notice before you do, I guarantee that they will.
Which is why it’s the path of the longe wolf.
And that wolf, the dark wolf, is constantly fighting a battle against the other wolf.
The lighter wolf.
The good wolf.
That good wolf is peaceful. That wolf is kind. That wolf brings light to situations that seem dark. That is the self-less wolf. The wolf that thrives in a pack, that can love and be loved. That wolf doesn’t need a dark night to come out and play. It doesn’t eat garbage, and for good reason.
That wolf has standards.
Because it stands for something important.
And that wolf stands for you.
That wolf will be hungry—it will always be hungry—but not in the same way the dark wolf is hungry.
That wolf won’t consume you.
It won’t swallow you whole.
It won’t bite the hand that feeds.
That wold wants good food because it can turn good food into good energy.
It wants good things for you
Which is why it’s always fighting the dark wolf.
Now, I’m not a science person, but I’m a big believer in Newton’s Third Law:
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
I believe that applies to everything. Including what we do.
For every good thing we do, there is a bit of light put out into the universe.
For every purely-selfish thing we do, there is a bit of darkness.
And whatever we do, whatever we put out, will come back to us.
So, do yourself a favor:
Feed the good wolf.
Think positive things.
About yourself, most importantly. Because when you think good things about yourself, when you’re considerate of how you feel, being considerate of others will come naturally. When you consider all that you’ve been through, all the things you hide from the world, you’ll recognize that in others too. You’ll be more kind to them, because you’ll be sensitive to the fact that their wolves are fighting too.
But, when you’re feeding things like anger and fear and doubt into yourself, your nature becomes selfish.
You stop being considerate of others.
How you treat yourself is how you will treat others.
That’s why the most insecure people are the harshest. Are the meanest.
They don’t feed the good wolf.
At least, that’s always been my experience.
Anyhow, that’s my take on the quote and why I love it so much. The views I presented run a bit deeper and have a lot more logic and experience attached to them than what I’ve led on, but thats the basics of it.
Man, that was a doozie.
Thanks for reading it through though!
And, again, this challenge has been loads of fun!!!!
Thank britchy 🙂
And here are my nominees:
- bear’s photo’s I just recently started following him, and I love his photos. They’re very calming to look at for some reason.
- boundless blessings by Kamal is one I just started following. A lot of good-advice posts, a lot of positive energy going on over there. I really dig it.
- fictionspawn monsters does some pretty neat short stories. I’ve been a follower for awhile. Good stuff.
So, the rules are simple: one quote per day for three days. Nominate three people per day. Mention the person who tagged you to complete le challenge.
If you guys don’t want to or can’t participate, I understand. However, I thought it’d be cool to see what you guys would pick and choose. And I, personally, really love these things (I think they’re lots of fun) so I figured you guys might want to try it too.