The Wolf

This fable was told to me by my dear departed Native American grandfather, Morris 'White feather' Goldfarb, a true philosopher in his own right.

As a small boy he took me to his side and said, "There is a fight going on inside of me. It is a terrible battle between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is full of anger, rage, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, ego, self-pity, false pride, resentment, superiority, and arrogance." "The second wolf is good. He is full of joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, understanding and faith."

He then said, "The same battle is going on inside you and every other person on this earth." I thought about this for a few minutes and asked, "Tell me wise Grandfather, which wolf will win the battle?"

My grandfather replied, "The wolf you feed."

O.K., so my grandfather wasn't really a Native American and this conversation between us never really happened, but it does make for a great message to usher in the New Year.

We all know of the trials and tribulations we have all gone through over the past 18 months. I have had personal tragedies in the loss of my mother and father-in-law and the illnesses of close and dearly loved family members. We all have witnessed the loss of thousands of innocent people through acts of war and terrorism. We all have seen losses and difficulties in what had previously been seen as our 'Recession Proof Industries". We have been disappointed by some 'friends' and associates, and have learned serious lessons in modesty and humility.

But we must keep sight of all of the good and positive things that have happened as well. I personally have been blessed with and surrounded by the most wonderful wife, children, brother, grandson, employees and business associates anyone could ever ask for. They have all gone well beyond the norm in offering support, understanding, love and total commitment.

I have been honored by ARA, an association I have believed in since it was NATWA and totally supported through all of the highs and lows, and by an individual that I have always respected and admired. Herb Lieberman as ARA's President has awarded me with the most cherished and respected 'President's Award'. I accept this honor with my deepest appreciation and humility. It is the second time I have received this great honor and although I feel unworthy, I sure am happy (but not too proud)!

I am sure if you all do the same soul searching I have; you will find that your blessings have well outnumbered your curses, and your friends well outnumber your enemies.

We all have the wonderful opportunity of a new year ahead of us. It will be a new year where we will feed and allow our 'Good Wolf' to starve and overpower our 'Evil Wolf'. It can be a year of great promise, hope and prosperity. It must be a year of forgiveness, understanding, renewal and cooperation.

Best wishes to all for a healthy and happy New Year.

Gary Wiesner is co-owner of Pro-Auto Recyclers, Williamstown, New Jersey

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