Advice: You make your own decisions

We have become a society that blames everyone for everything, because it’s easier than dealing with our responsibility.

You are responsible for your life. If all you eat is fast food, you will gain weight, and your health will suffer. It’s not the fast food companies’ fault. It’s your lack of control.

If you’re lazy and you don’t work, you will not be able to pay the rent. If you spend more than you make, you will be in debt.

If you do something illegal, you will eventually get caught and have to face consequences.

If you don’t pour love and time into your relationships, you will end up alone.

Life is not that complicated. You just have to use common sense.

You don’t have to be a genius to live a good life, you just have to accept that your choices will determine how you will live.

The “Story of Two Wolves” is a Native American parable about an old Cherokee chief that is teaching his grandson about life.

The grandfather tells him that inside him there is a fight between two wolves.

One wolf is evil, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, selfpity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other wolf is good, joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

“Which one will win,” the grandson asked?

His grandfather replied: “The one you feed.”

You have to decide what kind of life you want to lead. Do you want to live a life without integrity, always complaining, envying, and resenting others, or do you want to feed the good wolf and live with faith, work hard, be as generous as you can, and have compassion for others?

When you fill your life with healthy, positive, productive choices you will live a happier and more meaningful life.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, and certified parent coach with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamily, Instagram mlsalcinespoweroffamily or contact her on her blog Family LifeandFindingHappy.com.