As CrossFit athletes we pay close attention to what we eat. We are assiduous in our pursuit of greater fitness. However, amidst these laudable pursuits it's important not to loose focus on the other, more determinant, factors that define who we are. What we feed our minds and how we sustain our souls are just as vital in the long run as what we eat and how we exercise. More than anything else, it is our values that determine who we are as mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, students, citizens, and most fundamentally, as human beings.
As I write this post I'm reminded of a well-known parable from tribal folklore:
There was once, long ago, a tribal elder who told his grandson about the battle the old man was waging within himself. He said, "My son, it is between two wolves. One is an evil wolf: anger, envy, sorrow, greed, self-pity, resentment, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is... the good wolf: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, generosity, truth, compassion and faith." The boy took this in for a few minutes and then asked, "Which wolf won?" His grandfather answered, "The one I feed."