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
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
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
Best wishes to all for a healthy and happy
Gary Wiesner is co-owner of Pro-Auto Recyclers, Williamstown,