A crow lived in the forest and was mostly satisfied with life.
He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has many colours. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.”
The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. After the people had left, the crow approached the peacock. “Dear peacock,” the crow said, “you are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.
“The peacock replied, “I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realised that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So for past few days, I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere.”
That’s our problem too. We make unnecessary comparisons with others and become sad. We seldom value what we have. This can lead to a vicious cycle of unhappiness. Learn to be happy in what you have instead of constantly searching for what you don’t have. There will always be someone who will have more or less than what you have. The person who is satisfied with what they have in life is often the happiest person in the world.
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