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The healing power of storiesStorytelling is one of the oldest arts in human history. Stories transcend the boundaries of language and culture and have the power to resonate with listeners over thousands of years. It’s not surprising then why we love them.

Whether it’s a horror story to celebrate Halloween, a love story to touch your heart or a tale of adventure, stories can transport you through time, across continents and even take you to other worlds. All stories, even simple ones have something to say.

I often use a story or metaphor to  illustrate a point. I have collected quite a few over the years both formal and informal so be prepared to hear some over the coming months.

I decided to share the following story with you this week as it was the first I heard that was used formally to make a point and it was very effective.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

I would love to hear some of your stories so why not leave yours here or post it to our facebook page.