“Even a man who is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright” –Curt Sidomak
That quote is more than a line delivered in one of my favorite movies (bonus points if you know which one). It’s also a reminder—and a warning—of the beast within us.
Last week we discussed the concept of two wolves, one good and one bad, living inside of each of us, and how our actions help either one or the other become more powerful. There was Bruce, the big bad wolf whose dominance can creep in during stressful times in our lies…which has been pretty much all of 2020. Stress and negativity are Bruce’s favorite foods, but we can begin to starve him out and if we stop bombarding our brains with negative inputs like too much news, social media, or the wrong type of individuals that drain our energy.
That alone will leave more room for Bob, the good wolf, to become stronger and more prominent. So, how do we feed Bob? We use the opposite strategy and focus on a steady diet of experiences that bring him (and us) nourishment. Positive inputs in the form of people, news, and activities that you actually enjoy. Sounds simple, right?
Simple? Yes. Easy? No.
Giving in to negativity, frustration, and fear is much easier than keeping your head above the fray of 2020. That’s why there seems to be a lot of Bruce around this year.
Bob, however, requires more deliberate care and feeding, and that’s why we must be persistent with self-care efforts. Here are a few suggestions you might want to try to beef up ‘ol Bob.
These are just a few ideas but I’ll bet you have more. Take care of yourself in body, mind, and spirit with a diet consisting of what brings you joy, kindness, fulfillment, patience, and kindness and you find Bob become stronger every day.