A Cherokee Lesson
An elder Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life.
He said to them, “A fight is going on inside of me. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, hate, and ego.
The other wolf represents joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, truth, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person.”
The grandchildren thought about this quietly. After a few moments of silent reflection one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”
A man bought a parrot, to which he gave the run of the house.
It was quite tame, and jumping one day onto the hearth it perched there and kept up a pleasant chatter.
The house cat eyed it, and asked who it was and where it came from.
It said that the master has just bought it.
“Then most audacious of creatures” said the cat, “fancy a newcomer like you making such a noise, when I who was born in the house, am not allowed to miaow!
If ever I do, they are cross and chivy me away” “O mistress of the house” answered the parrot, “my advice to you is to take a long walk. You see there’s a difference. The family does not dislike my voice as it does yours.”
∼This fable satirizes ill-natured critics who are always trying to find fault with others∼
Fables of Aesop
A half-starved fox, who saw in the hollow of an oak tree some bread and meat left there by shepherds, crept in and ate it.
With his stomach distended he could not get out again.
Another fox, passing by and hearing his cries and lamentations, came up and asked what was the matter.
On being told, he said : “Well, stay there till you are as thin as you were when you went in: then you’ll get out quite easily.”
∼This tale shows how time solves difficult problems∼
Fables of Aesop