Upon research, this story may neither originate with Native American culture, nor may the animals be dogs, but details do not matter.
"...in describing his own inner struggles.
He said, 'There are two dogs inside me.
One of the dogs is mean and evil.
The other dog is good.
The mean dog fights the good dog all the time.'
Someone asked him which dog usually wins,
and after a moment's reflection, he answered,
'The one I feed the most.'"
Kushner, H.S. (2001). What Kind of Person Do You Want to Be? In Living a Life That Matters (p. 58). New York: Anchor Books.
- Do we all have two dogs inside of us?
- What and how much do we feed ourselves?
- Do we recognize our triggers, or temptations?
- How can we control, or avoid, the mean dog?
- Is victory permanent?
- What kind of person do I want to be?
Add your own questions for discussion.