Grasshopper Mind


DECEMBER 20, 2023

This week a good friend gifted me a small and beautiful book titled 'Rules for a Knight.'  It is definitely one to share.  Assuming you have received a bounty of traditional Christmas wishes to relish, I thought I'd share a small portion of my gift.


This page is written as Grandfather and Grandson are camping by the ocean during troubling times in Cornwall, England.


Grandfather says "While I teach you about the ways of war, I want you to know the real struggle is between the two wolves that live inside each of us."


"One wolf is evil -  it is anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, deceit, false pride."  "The other," he continued, as he poked the embers of the fire --


"The other wolf is good.  It is joy, love, hope, serenity, humility, loving-kindness, forgiveness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith."


"Which wolf will win, Grandfather?" asked the boy.


The old man stared into the glare of the flames, and replied -


Whichever one you feed.


Peace on earth. Good will to mankind.