One of the prompts for today’s challenge is a quote by Gwendolyn Brooks. She says:

One reason why cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers.

After reading the newspapers these days, I totally agree with her. Forget political news, they are full of muck anyway. I am talking about some stories that appear in the papers about crimes by common people.

There are stories of little children being abused, son killing his parents, mother burning a child with a hot iron, college kid killing a friend because he spoke to the other’s girlfriend, drivers, plumbers or some such trusted people burgling the house. It is simply endless.

I sometimes wonder why humans can suddenly turn so cruel.

Is it really sudden? I don’t think so.

There is a story where a Cherokee granddad teaches a grandkid about life. He tells a story of a great fight between two wolves residing in our minds. One is full of anger, envy, sorrow, regret, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, false pride, inferiority/superiority, and ego. And the other was all that was joy, peace, harmony, hope, kindness, benevolence, empathy, serenity, truth, faith and compassion. When the grandkid asked which wolf won the fight, the old Cherokee replies “The one you feed”

I love this story. When a thought, good or bad, comes to the mind, it sits there for sometime. Till a thought in the mind becomes an action, there must be a nurturing process. If we allow negative thoughts to grow, then the consequences are disastrous.

Like Dr. Phil says:

When we do an action, we choose the consequences.

I want to add to that

Before you choose to act, watch the thought

Nurture good thoughts for a peaceful life.

I’m writing bravely for Write Tribe festival of Words of March 2019
Today’s prompt is Nurture and

One reason why cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers – Gwendolyn Brooks