Something heard while on vacation


My wife and I are celebrating our 14th anniversary by taking a second honeymoon to Sedona, AZ. What a beautiful place!

While we were here, I heard a great story, which I’d like to share with you.

A Navajo boy went to his grandfather one day, and said to his grandfather, “Grandfather, I have two wolves within me that are constantly fighting, and it is tearing me apart. One of them wants peace and good will for others. The other one wants rage and destruction. Which one will win?” The grandfather stood pensively for a moment and then said, “I, too, have the same problem. I also struggle with the same wolves. But I know the answer. The one that will win is the one that I feed.”

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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3 Responses to Something heard while on vacation

  1. Mozart says:

    Powerful story! It always goes back to our choice and our ability to be proactive, but to expand even further. It goes back to having elders and allies we can trust to relay these stories. I think that is what helps folks change is their personal decision and their support system that shares struggles and wisdom. A question that came to mind as I read this was how we could continue to create not only cross-cultural, but cross-generational relationships in communities to encourage mentorship and the learning of wisdom. Great story! Congrats to you and your wife on all those years of committment, here’s to many more!

  2. nateprentice says:

    Hey! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, I’ve been on vacation, and picking up the pieces since I returned. I don’t have an easy answer to your quesiton, as it really would depend on our country taking a different “it takes a village to raise a child” orientation, which I don’t think will happen in our current political and social situation. We can hope, however.

  3. Mozart says:

    I think the sharing of stories and the concentrated effort of those that know, then do, will be half the battle.

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