I am not normally one for pithy sayings which are not also in some way disturbing or creepy. It is just how I’m wired. I gravitate to the weird. That being said, something comes along now and then which cross the Lame Valley and passes into Awesome. This is one of those times. I have blatantly stolen this from a friends post and he is himself a felonious offender, so I do not have clear providence on this, but lets not let that stop us from admiring it.
”A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you.”
The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”
The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.”
Even my jaded, cynical, “three-sizes-too-small heart” has to give this one credit. Well done. It is easy enough to apply this to our writing selves as well and extend the analogy to those behaviors which drive us forward toward success and those which consume us slowly.