“A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says, “There are two wolves inside of us, which are always at war with each other. One of them is a good wolf, which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.”
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second, then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies,
“The one you feed”
We know by now that diet is 90% and the rest is exercise. We keto and skim and kale. Shake, always bake and green basically everything. Follow eating plans for our body shape and meal prep until we dream of steamed veggies. All amazing feats and it’s incredibly important that we look after our bodies – we’ll live longer and have better quality of life, nevermind the confidence you get from looking good and all those beautiful, friendly endorphins.
Feeding our minds, now here we come a little unstuck.
I know. Working hard and being perpetually exhausted are the gifts that keep on giving, aka adulting. We’re overwhelmed by all the “how to’s” and “what nots” sometimes. Heck, just going through a few news articles is enough negativity to swear off the written word. How do we get perspective? How do you take a step back and gather a wholesome mind diet? It is so easy to get caught up in a negative feedback loop.
One way is to reach out. Connect with others. Jim Rohn says that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Fabulous start then – having people around you who only want to see you succeed, who are interested you. People who cheer you on and not drag you down. Without self-interest or judgement. Those that challenge you, engage you, make you want to be a better person. Those are the ones you need to seek out and hold on to with all your might. Find your tribe. Love them hard.
There are books, podcasts and loads of mind blowing ideas and truths to uncover – amazing true stories and when you’re at your wits end: courage to learn from other brave souls, truths to uncover. Moments of “hey that’s me!”.
Is there a one-diet-suits-all? Heavens no! How boring life would be. There’s also no Great Solution or Extreme Makeover: Mind Edition. Push slightly harder and get beyond the daily grind to download that audiobook or take the time to do something you really enjoy doing. Little things.
Do what allows your soul breathe.
Keep in touch with yourself and be mindful of which wolf you feed.
This blog was written by Natalie du Preez, who owns the copyright.