There is much controversy to the origin of this story, but its principle is still relevant:
One evening an elderly Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is black. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is white. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one that you feed."
But there is more to the story. The old Cherokee goes on to explain that by feeding only the white wolf the black wolf would grow desperate in its starvation. Thus the black wolf would strike constantly to try to gain attention from you. Also you would not gain the good things of which the b;ack wolf can give to you. For you need both to see with clarity, as a person who is endlessly at war within cannot see the world around them. Feed them both as the white wolf needs the black wolf at its side. One and his shadow are inseparable.
18"x24" Pastel on pastelmat. Reference my own.
As a wildlife and children’s portrait artist, Sandy Brooks uses pencils and pastels to capture through art her awe for the untouched and untainted in today’s pressurized world. Her works express the innocent emotions of animals and children who explore the world as one with unlimited possibilities, unaware of the barriers that hold us back from our own happiness. Whether her subjects are humorous or striking or dramatic, the end result is always intimate and inspiring.