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One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave 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 evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good. 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 old Cherokee replied simply, “The one you feed.”
Here’s to a long short weekend and hearing (reading) exactly what you need to hear when you need to hear it.
Carry on Warrior!!
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them. Thanks, lifeofa-twentysomething! This was really fun for a former bookstore girl! I won’t tag anyone but this was fun, even just to think about!
1. Unbroken- The best true story I have ever read. Read it!! I can’t recommend it highly enough.
2. Let the Great World Spin- A lovely and beautiful work of fiction with well rounded and fantastic characters.
3. The Great Gatsby- The first book I read as an (almost) adult that made me want to marinate in the beautiful words that make up a story.
4. The Tipping Point- Science is cool guys.
5. Eat Pray Love- So typical for a girl to have this on her list. But it is quite a book! She had me with the description of depression and loneliness as cops.
6. The Glass Castle- From the back this book sounds awful but it is so so well written and incredible.
7. The Book Thief- So so fun and weird and great. I’m still heartbroken over Rudy.
8. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake-Possibly because my recently deceased friend recommended it to me, but for some reason this peculiar little book and it’s strange and relatable characters have stayed with me.
9. The Longest Mile- Sometimes this book haunts me. Not one I’d recommend to my mother, but an honest and brutal and clear eyed memoir of war.
10. Caddie Woodlawn- My dad picked this out for me and I like to think he knew I would relate to Caddie with my whole heart. When I first read it, the ending made me mad but I’ve come to understand it and love it all the more with age.
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