A crow lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a
swan. “This swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. This swan must be the
happiest bird in the world.”
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 two colours. I now
think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.” The crow then approached the
parrot. The parrot explained, “I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. I have
only two colours, but the peacock has multiple colours.”
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 realized 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 comparison with others and become
sad. We don’t value what God has given us. This all leads to the vicious cycle of
unhappiness. Learn to be happy in what you have instead of looking at what you
don’t have. There will always be someone who will have more or less than you
have. Person who is satisfied with what he/she has, is the happiest person in the

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