Three Tales of Wisdom


If only every human mastered these three tales, it would be good enough education to go through life no matter what.

A Cherokee Lesson

An elder Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A flight 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 Chinese Tale

An old farmer used a horse to till his fields. One day the horse ran away, and when the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer shrugged his shoulders and replied: “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

A week later the horse returned with a herd of wild mares,a dn this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was: “Good luck? Bad Luck? Who knows?”

Then, when the farmer’s son was attempting to tame on of the wild horses, he fell and broke his leg. Everyone agreed this was very bad luck. But the farmer’s only reaction was: “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

A week later, the army marched into the village and drafted all the young men they could find. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let him stay behind. Good luck? Bad luck?

As you see, we can never know.

Job, Career or Calling

One day an old woman walked up to a dusty building site where three strong young men were working hard laying bricks. She walked up to the first man and asked him what he was doing. He replied rather rudely, “Can’t you see? I’m laying bricks. This is what I do all day – I just lay bricks.” She then asked the second man what he was doing. He replied, “I’m a bricklayer and I’m doing my work. I take pride in my craft, and I’m happy that what I do here feeds my family.” As she walked up to the third man, she could see that his eyes were full of joy and his face was as bright as the day. When she posed the same question to him, he replied with great enthusiasm,

“Oh, I’m building the most beautiful cathedral in the whole world.”

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