"Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it." — Chuck Palahniuk
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A fight is going on inside me. It's a terrible fight between two wolves.
One is evil--doubt, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, ego.
The other is good--confidence, peace, love, joy, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith.
The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too. So the question becomes, which wolf will win?
You may recognize this story as the old Cherokee legend of the two wolves. The lesson here is that everyone has pieces of good and pieces of evil inside of them. Likewise, everyone has reasons to be happy and reasons to be unhappy. The question becomes, which reason will win?
The past several weeks we've been exploring The 5 Levels of Happiness, and today is the day we get to experience the highest level of happiness: Joy.
Joy is an engrained character with a natural tendency towards gratitude and growth, and sits diametrically across the spectrum of happiness with the lowest level of unhappiness, despair, which is itself an engrained character but with a natural tendency towards resentment and stagnation.
We have a simple choice: to walk a path of life that leads to joy, or to walk a path of life that leads to despair.
How do we choose to achieve the highest level of happiness? It's really quite simple:
The key to every step is to be patient. This process is not a quick race, but rather a practice in taking pleasure in the process of building life-long happiness rather than settling for short-lived pleasure.
So, which wolf will win? It's really rather quite simple. The one you feed every day.
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.