Monthly Archives: August 2010

Which Wolf Wins?

This week has been one of reflection, looking at the future and seeking God about His will on lots of things. As school and other activities continue to heat up I find prioritizing and focusing especially essential. You can probably relate. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a busy life nowadays.

Priorities. Where my heart is. That’s what’s on my mind as I write today.

That topic reminds me of a story that a friend emailed me a while back that contained such wisdom. She didn’t know the origin of the story, and yet it’s apparently been around for years. Here’s my best paraphrase:

A wise Cherokee Indian was talking to his grandson. He described the battle that goes on inside of people and he compared it to two wolves. He said one wolf possesses the characteristics of anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, inferiority and ego.

The other wolf possesses the characteristics of joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, generosity, compassion, truth and faith.

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “In this battle, which wolf wins?”

To which his grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed.”

A simple story, but so powerful.

We may not be able to control our circumstances, but we can control our priorities. We can choose which desires of our heart to pursue and we can control “which wolf to feed.”

Whether it’s a personal struggle with your weight, or self-esteem or it’s a battle you have with another person—decide today which wolf you’ll feed. Decide what you want your priorities to be and what the true desire of your heart is.

I just heard a saying that I had never heard before but I absolutely love: “You will never possess what you do not pursue. Pursuit is the proof of your desire.”


Yummy Grilled Peppers…Thanks Pam!

I recently walked across the street to visit my neighbor, and morning workout partner, Pam, and was greeted by the most wonderful smell as I walked through the front door. She had put together a little snack of stuffed grilled peppers. They weren’t time-consuming to make, and were delicious! I asked her for the recipe and immediately duplicated it later that evening for my family.

Here’s what she did:

1. Take baby bell peppers in an assortment of sizes and colors. Core the stem and inside (seeds) out of them.

2. Stuff each little pepper with half a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese. They now offer low-calorie alternatives and I chose Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomato Basil.

3. Cap off each pepper by rolling up one turkey pepperoni and stuff it in like a cork.

4. Place the peppers on tin foil and put them on the grill for about 10-15 minutes, or to your desired level of grilling.

What you will have is a delicious, low-calorie treat that is also quite filling. We estimated that each pepper is less than 40 calories. They make for a perfect summertime snack. I loved them and will continue to make them a healthy, tasty part of my family’s menus.