THIS STORY IS a popular legend of unknown origin often attributed to the Cherokee people. The story, “Two Wolves,” is used to explain the inner conflicts we have between our good and bad thoughts.

One evening, an old 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 wolf is evil (dark). It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

“The other wolf is good (light). 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 his grandfather “Which wolf wins the battle?”

The wise old Cherokee simply replied “They both win if you feed them right.

“You see, if I starve one wolf, the other will become imbalanced with power. If I choose to feed only the good wolf, the evil one will become ravenous and resentful. He will hide around and will fight the good wolf endlessly.

“But if I feed both in the right way at the right time, they will live side by side in harmony. There will be no more inner battle. Instead, there will be inner peace and when there’s peace, there is wisdom. The goal of life, my son, is to respect this balance of life for when you live in balance, you can serve the Great Spirit within,” he explained.

When you put an end to the battle inside, you are free.

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HAVE YOU ever been accused of being a lexophile guilty of lexiphilia? Not to worry, a lexophile is a person who has a love for words, especially those set in a new framework. There is a society for people who dream these things up. Here are some examples submitted for entertainment.

Venison for dinner, again? Oh, deer! How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it. England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. I tried to catch some fog, but I mist. They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a typo. I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic; it’s syncing now.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst. I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went and then, it dawned on me. This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

You can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish. To write with a broken pencil is pointless. When chemists die, they barium. I’m reading a book about anti-gravity; I just can’t put it down. Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations. I didn’t like my beard at first then, it grew on me.

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils? What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus. I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough. Velcro, what a rip off!

A bicycle can’t stand alone because it is two-tired. What’s the definition of a will? It’s a dead giveaway. A backward poet writes inverse. In democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your count that votes. If you don’t pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.

With her marriage she got a new name and a dress. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered. You feel stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it. He often broke into song because he couldn’t find the key. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.