I understand.

I understand.

Anger and hatred
another thing entirely.

Neither anger nor hatred
leave space for Love
leave space for Hope
leave space for Possibility.

We must be mindful of the wolf we feed
not just politicians or leaders or media
but me

I choose the wolf
whose voice is a voice of protest
peaceful protest.

I choose the wolf
whose voice is a voice of opposition
peaceful opposition.

I choose the wolf
whose voice
is good.

I refuse to choose and give power to the wolf
whose voice
is evil.

Remember the Story of the Two Wolves?

A grandfather of the Cherokee Nation told his grandson that he had a fight going on inside him and it was a terrible fight between two wolves.  One wolf was evil – it emerges as anger, hatred, envy, greed, arrogance, resentment, lies, false pride, and more.

The other wolf inside is  good – it emerges as joy, peace, love, hope, truth, serenity, patience, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, compassion and more.

The child thought for a moment and asked “Which wolf will win?”

The wise elder replied: “The wolf who is fed.”

We must not perpetuate evil.
We must not bully or harass another.
We must work against evil.
Speak up.
Speak out.

We must select those who will
feed the wolf of goodness
and change things.

But hatred and anger
in response to hatred and anger?

No good will come of any of it
… from either side.

© June Maffin
Photo: unknown photographer