by Gregg Hake on July 23, 2014

One evening an old Cherokee 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 simply replied,
“The one you feed.”

—A Native American Metaphor

Everything in your world is a precious gift. When you recognize this, you have the opportunity to stop using and abusing the people, places and things around you. You stop trying to extract happiness, pleasure, rest, excitement, etc. from the world around you and you start living on an increasingly refined basis. You realize that purity, respect and innocence beget an increasingly wonderful, deep and meaningful relationship with the people, places and things you are privileged to enjoy.

If you feed the metaphorical evil wolf in yourself or others, you find that that which is good, fine and sacred is quickly withdrawn. So it is in the human heart, in human relationships and in man’s relationship to the beautiful and bountiful orb of life upon which he is privileged to dwell. That which is sacred must be handled with great care or its finer qualities will recede behind a veil of protection.

Everything fine, wonderful beautiful and true is born of the highest sacred force, that is, love. The manifestation of love, the forms of love can be destroyed by misuse, abuse and neglect, but love itself can never be destroyed. In a world fraught with profanity, love can no longer manifest in all its glory. When the means of translation from the invisible to the visible, from the inside out and above below is corrupted, the forms love takes are twisted and bent, incomplete and therefore unfulfilling.

The world does not need more love; it needs more sacredness. Sacredness is the means by which and the atmosphere in which love can be molded into delightful, satisfying and beautiful forms. Man and all he creates ought to be built by love in an atmosphere of sacredness, nothing more, nothing less.


Courage, Strength and Prudence

by Gregg Hake on July 22, 2014

“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.”
― Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps

Any lofty goal worth striving for requires a healthy measure of courage, strength and prudence. Courage and strength provide the necessary power, while prudence ensures the right application of that power. Great explorers throughout human history understood this principle to varying degrees, and those who didn’t tended to pay for the imprudence with their lives or the lives of others, typically before reaching their goal.

This principle applies to the accomplishment of any aim. It is important to remember that every aspect of your life is related to every other. Every decision you make counts. It matters not if the questions at hand seem unrelated to your larger goal; your life is unitary.

Take care with each and every step. Don’t rush toward the goal, no matter if it is far off or in sight. Make sure that you are using the very best foot and handholds available to you. Keep your perspective; don’t let longing overtake reason or the fear of not arriving supplant your courage and strength.

Stay the course and you will eventually arrive at your destination in one piece!




I came across a group of Italians while on a hike along a river recently and the experience left quite an impression. Italians, as you know, tend to live life enthusiastically. This group was no exception. I let them walk ahead of me, which may have been a mistake given the enthusiastic arm waving that […]

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Appreciation and Contentment


All the birds have flown up and gone; A lonely cloud floats leisurely by. We never tire of looking at each other – Only the mountain and I. Li Po – “Alone Looking at The Mountain” It was said that it is difficult to be content with few things, but impossible with many. There is […]

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Never Blind


It is said – and most people would agree – that true love is never blind. But what does that mean, really? I’m sure that the explanation is in, ahem, the eye of the beholder, but to me this statement means that seeing matters through the eyes of true love requires honesty, transparency and authenticity. […]

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The Fragrant Rose


The Fragrant Rose, a poem by Gregg Hake Of all the things I saw today, The cars, the planes, man’s great display- None so much did touch my heart As the fragrant rose. She sat upon her thorny perch Like an angel in a church- Trumpeting her inner joy Through the dewy air. I sat […]

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