My neighbor owns a pack of hybrid wolves that are 60:40 canine:wolf. I love to hear them howl. It seems like a curious conversation. Except at four in the morning around the full moon! But that’s a different conversation. When I hear the wolves howl it reminds me of three things: of the intelligent design of life, of the interconnectedness of nature, and of choice.
I’d like to tell you the story that I learned about choice from Kenny Smoker on Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, first. It’s a story from their culture called the Two Wolves:
A grandfather was teaching his grandson about life…
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside of you – and inside of every other person too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and asked, “Which wolf will win?”
His grandfather replied, “The one you feed.”
When the wolves howl, it reminds me of The Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22 that my dad taught to me; of how when I seek THAT RELATIONSHIP, everything in my life gets better:
“The Fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness, gentleness, and self-control.” I pray and ask that these qualities be developed in me. Another one of my favorite quotes reads, “We need people who can be so strong they are gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”
When the wolves howl, it reminds me to re-watch this video: How Wolves Change Rivers. It needs no explanation from me. Just watch it, you’ll thank me later that it blew your mind how interconnected nature is: