The Peacock and the Crow

kirkA happy crow lived in the forest and never complained about his life until one day, when he saw a swan. “That swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.” He told the swan how he felt, and the swan replied, “Actually, I was very content with myself until I saw a parrot with his pretty colors. I’m convinced that that parrot is the happiest bird in creation.” The crow then approached the parrot, who said, “I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors.”

The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw a crowd of people gathered to see him. After the crowd left, the crow said to the peacock, “You are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. But when people see me, they immediately shoo me away. You must be the happiest bird on the planet.”

The peacock sadly replied, “Because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. However, if I was a crow like you, I could happily roam everywhere.”

Here’s the way I see it: Mark Twain once said it best, “Comparison is the death of joy.” And remember, the happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They make the best of everything they have.


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