I love this story about the path to happiness, have you heard it before?
One evening sitting around the fire, the grandson of an old and wise Cherokee chief asked his grandfather, “Why is life so unhappy Grandad?” The wise old chief thought for a moment, and then asked, “Can you hear the wolves that are howling in the distance son?”
“Yes I can Grandad,” replied the boy.
“Have you noticed how some of the wolves are angry and aggressive and some are gentle and friendly?” “Yes I have Grandad,” replied the boy, “I like the baby wolf with the stripes who follows me when I go hunting”
“Well, we have two wolves inside us also,” replied his grandfather.”One leads us to misery and unhappiness. It sows the seeds of anger, envy, jealousy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride and ego. The other leads us to happiness. It sows the seeds of joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith”
The grandson was quiet for a while and then asked: “Which wolf wins Grandad?” The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”
– Author Anon
Before starting my business one of the things I loved in my job was the friendships I made. Unfortunately like most people I had to learn how to cope with backstabbers too.
Recently I had lunch with an old colleague of mine who asked my advice on how to cope with backstabbers. She told me about one person in particular who seemed to be out to cause as much trouble as possible for her.
Melanie is fantastic at her job in my opinion, she is well respected and liked by others in her department. However, she can be a bit too honest rather than “corporate”. She is certainly not afraid to speak her mind. Her honesty has made her unpopular with some colleagues who feel threatened by her.