Happy, Hopeful and Smiles vs Dragging, Dread and Drudge

Happy, Hopeful and Smiles vs Dragging, Dread and Drudge

Good Monday Morning! Or is it? The fact that it’s after noon and I’m just now ready to post a blog that was supposed to be up at five o’clock this morning might indicate that this isn’t a good Monday morning for me. But it is! The sky is blue, the birds are singing and life is good!

Do you start the week happy, smiling and positive, or, are you more in the, I HATE MONDAYS category? Do we set ourselves up for success the same way we trigger failure when we greet Monday dragging in with dread, drudging through duties, and watching the clock?

I’m late posting this blog, I’m still in my pjs and I haven’t written a word on my manuscript for three weeks! I am, however, writing on another project that isn’t part of this challenge. I was blessed to spend an unexpected two weeks with my mother, who is recovering from a stroke and I am getting myself organized to move next week.

Life interrupted my life. It tends to do that – doesn’t have a lot of respect for my best made plans. But, it does leave me the choice of how I respond to the interruptions.

A couple of weeks ago, Kay blogged about how our attitude can redirect our future, and it reminded me of a Cherokee Indian Legend, Two Wolves. Do you know this legend? It’s one of my favorites.

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

The Grandfather continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

The same fight is going on inside you – and inside very other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

There is a longer version of this legend called The Wolves Within, which I also love.

Today, I will feed the positive wolf. The wolf who believes I CAN! Which one are you feeding?

Terri Rich

Terri Richison (writing as Terri Rich) lives in Clear Lake City, TX with her husband and a giant Great Dane (giant even by Great Dane standards). She is working on self-publishing women’s fiction and avoiding getting a pie in the face if she doesn’t produce pages for every critique session! PIES OR PAGES! Terri started telling stories almost as soon as she could talk – she learned everything she needed to know about storytelling at her grandmother’s knee. Craft however, is something she is still learning – those damn commas give me nightmares!

31 thoughts on “Happy, Hopeful and Smiles vs Dragging, Dread and Drudge

  1. Today I have a bit of both wolves in me. I am struggling with grief over loosing a dear friend to Cystic Fibrosis on Friday. My heart is full of sorrow and anger for taking such an amazing soul away from this earth, away from his wife and daughter, away from his friends who loved him so dearly. I am doing my best to feed the positive wolf.. reminding myself he is no longer struggling, no longer straining to breathe or fighting to live another day. He has left his worldly body behind and is now breathing freely. I find great peace knowing he is no longer in pain.

    Tomorrow is his memorial service, I fear I will not have the strength to keep the evil wolf at bay. I doubt a single person in the room will be able to. The feelings are mutual, a beautiful soul, one who made the world a better place, was ripped from us all too soon.

    1. Cassie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your anger is normal and well deserved, just don’t let it overshadow the bright light that was your friend. Garth Brooks said it better than I can “I could have missed the pain, but I’d of had to miss the dance.” Celebrate the dance! Love you. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. Terri,
    I know all about life (and death) getting in the way of writing. But you have to live life so you’ll have something to write about. Good luck on the move.

    Anne Marie 🙂

  3. I loved what you wrote. Very inspirational. I can also relate to the story of “The Two Wolves.” And the old man is right about the one you feed. In my life I TRY to feed the positive so I can be a better person. Very good!

  4. Your blog makes a good point, we can choose to greet the day with negativity or we can choose to be positive and excited about what God may at throw us that day. I choose to be positive… After a cup of coffee.

  5. I like that a lot. Why does it seem easier to feed the negative one or is that just the negative one feeding me?

    1. Crissy: this reminds me of the scene from PRETTY WOMAN were Julia Roberts says, “The bad stuff is easier to believe.” So true. And so sad.

  6. Wow I loved the legend! I haven’t posted for you as I haven’t been on facebook much but caught it today. I also couldn’t remember the name of your website. I always wake up with a lot of physical energy and that is seven days a week. Monday isn’t a drudge day for me it’s a good day even though I do laundry. I hate laundry and would rather do all of it on one day and get it done! The rest of the week is then available for the things that I like to do. I really love and relate to the 4th paragraph and you know why. Life certainly does interrupt life! I love that statement. 2012 held a life changing event for us as well as 2014 in which we lost my husbands mother rather quickly. I have certainly done my share of feeding the evil wolf for a while…it takes a lot out of a person. I loved reading you thoughts and the legend and I have been trying to feed the good wolf and I am going to try harder to feed the good wolf in the future. I don’t think I will ever forget the Legend of the Two Wolfs. Bravo Terri.

    1. Hi Becky! I’m so glad you enjoyed the legend. Thanks for the sweet things you said about my blog. I’m sure going to miss my NEIGHBOR LOL – Terri

  7. Excellent legend, Terri. Since I’m doing BIAM I’m really trying to feed the good wolf. It’s great to see you blogging!

    1. Hi Kathy! I’m impressed – you’re doing the BIAM AND you took the time to read my BLOG – THANK YOU! WOW! Just, thank you!

  8. Poor Monday. Always getting a raw deal by those of us looking to lay blame for our own short-comings! I think the true culprits are all those nasty chores and errands we try to jam into our weekends. I say we give up housework, grocery shopping and socializing with people we don’t actually like and spend our weekends as God intended: sleeping late, reading a good book, and having dinner and drinks with the ones we truly adore. Then, we’ll all be revved up and ready to spend the whole week feeding the good wolf!

    1. Monday, Monday – the only day of the week that has its on song! Monday, Monday, can’t take that day …

  9. I used to call Terri “Pollyanna” or “Suzie Sunshine” (and still do sometimes), but her spoon full of sugar is not the nauseating type like Kinna McInroe, Nina from Office Space, who said, “Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays!”, which makes you want to punch her in her face. Terri has always had a way of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel – even when that light is very dim. And she’s even better at pointing out that light to you when you are too overcome by your own life to see it. (She can be a bit bossy) I may tease her a lot (cause it is so damn easy and fun to do), but for a pick me up, you couldn’t ask for better friend. Thanks, Pollyanna, for always being there.

  10. Well, DAMN – ANN you made this Pollyanna feel pretty damn good – who’d a thunk you’d go all mushy on me? FUCK – who are you and what have you done with my friend? (and thanks for the pick me up reading your comments gave me!) Love you, Dear!

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