Owwww…My tummy hurts! I found a dead mouse in the grass yesterday, and I ate it. Don’t tell Jane! But I think it was rotten. My stomach feels like it’s in knots. Ick. I’d better go eat some grass and see if my stomach will work in reverse. I know I’ll feel better if I do. Owwwwww!

I tend to react from instinct more than thought. My wolf instinct said to eat the mouse. My more developed thinking brain said I should probably check it out a bit more first. But in the heat of the moment my inner Wolf took over, and down it went. That was a mistake.

We all do things that aren’t good for us. Sometimes they don’t matter, but sometimes they do. I’ve heard Jane say that she has to avoid sugar in her diet to maintain her weight. She likes sugary treats, but she’s consciously developed the strength to say no when fattening foods are presented to her. She can say no because staying fit for riding is a stronger desire for her than her love for sweets. She’s found an ability to override her “Bad Sugar Wolf” with her determination to stay fit.

What in your life needs a little bit of conscious backbone to overcome your “Big Bad Wolf”? Developing strength to overcome a bad habit or negative urge can be as simple as looking at your “why.” Why do you want to stop a bad habit? What would you achieve if you could will yourself out of that habit? Is that desire strong enough to put your “Bad Wolf” in a cage? Do you have a “Good Wolf” with the strength to fight and override the “Bad Wolf”?

The strength of your “why” is what makes the difference between giving in to temptation and staying strong so you can do what you know is best for you. Ponder that today. Is your “why” big enough?

I am going to remember this tummy ache the next time I find a dead mouse. The pain I’m feeling right now is a big enough “why” to remember to leave dead mice alone. Guess I had to learn this one the hard way. I hope you can learn your “whys” in an easier way!

Love, Indy