There is a beautiful Native American legend I read years ago that captures the battle within us. It reads:
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 love, joy, peace, kindness, hope, serenity, humility, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minutes and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"
The Old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
Reread the qualities of each wolf. Which wolf are you feeding more often?
I offer for you to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Choose to feed the good wolf today, for it exemplifies the Spirit of true love. Mediate on one or more of the qualities you would like to grow. Write them down and place them where you can see them to help you stay focused on your path. Then, not only think of them but when given the opportunity, live them out.
Be love. Be joy. Be peace. Be kindness. Be hope. And so on.
When you do you will be growing deeper into the person you were made to be.