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Who is Happy?

A crow lived in the forest and was very happy. 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 mentioned this to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “the parrot has two colours. I think it is the happiest bird in the world.” The crow then went to meet the parrot. The parrot explained, “I have only two colours, but the peacock has multiple colours.” The crow visited the peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had come to see him. “Dear peacock,” said the crow, “you are so beautiful. Every day thousands come to see you. When people see me, they drive me away. I think you are the happiest bird in the world.”

The peacock replied, “Alas, I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happiest bird in the world. But because of my beauty, I am caged in this zoo. I have found that you are the only bird not kept in a cage. If I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere.” That’s our problem too. We compare ourselves with others and become sad. Let us stop comparing ourselves to others, which only makes us unhappy.

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