Who is Happy? The Peacock and The Crow
Who is happy is a short story about comparison we do with others and become unnecessarily unhappy. A crow lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied and happy in his life. But one day he saw a swan. To his amazement, he told to him that this swan was so white and he himself was so black. Now crow changed his perception and thought this swan must be happiest bird in the world.
He expressed his thoughts to the swan. The swan replied, “Actually, I had the same feeling that I was the most beautiful and happiest bird until I saw a parrot, that has two colors. Now my perception has changed and now I think that parrot is the happiest bird in the world.”
The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, “I lived a happy and content life until I saw a peacock. You know, I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors. It looks so beautiful”
The crow then inquired about peacock. Someone told him that he could find peacock in the zoo. Crow then visited the zoo. He saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see it. When the people had left, the crow approached the peacock and asked him “Dear peacock, 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 had the same feeling that I was the most beautiful and happiest bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and realized that the crow is the only bird that is not kept in a cage. So after being entrapped in this cage, I have been thinking that crow is the most happiest bird. I wish if I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere.
What does this story tells us. We are also entrapped in this type of thinking. We always compare with others and think that everyone is happy. Everyone else around us has everything needed to be happy and we feel pity on our self.
We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad. We don’t value what Nature and God has given to us. This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness.
Every person is different and he or she is under different circumstances. When you see that someone is very successful in his life. We only see his success and do not realize hard work being put to reach those milestones.
Discard the comparison which leads only to unhappiness, live life beautifully.
If you want to achieve something, then be in healthy competition. Get inspired, but don’t make it as a reason for your unhappiness.
Always Respect Your Parents
An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.
The Father asked his Son, “What is this?” The Son replied “It is a crow”. After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, “What is this?” The Son said “Father, I have just now told you “It’s a crow”. After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time, What is this?”
At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the Son’s tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff. “It’s a crow, a crow”.A little after, the Father again asked his Son the 4th time, “What is this?”
This time the Son shouted at his Father, “Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times ‘IT IS A CROW’. Are you not able to understand this?”
A little later the Father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his Son was born. On opening a page, he asked his Son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary:
“Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a Crow. I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child”.
While the little child asked him 23 times “What is this”, the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the same question just 4 times, the Son felt irritated and annoyed.
If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents.From today say this aloud, “I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me.
They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today”. Say a prayer to God, “I will serve my old parents in the BEST way. I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.
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One Day I Decided To Quit…
I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality… I wanted to quit my life.
I went to the woods to have one last talk with god
“God”, I asked, “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?”.
His answer surprised me…
“Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo ?
“Yes”, I replied.
“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.
I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth.
Its brilliant green covered the floor.Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful.
And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. He said.
“In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit.
In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. I would not quit.” He said.
“Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant…But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”
He asked me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots”.
“I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.”
“Don’t compare yourself to others.” He said.”The bamboo had a different Purpose than the fern.
Yet they both make the forest beautiful.””Your time will come”, God said to me.
“You will rise high”.
“How high should I rise?” I asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned.”Yes.” He said, “Give Me glory by rising as high as you can.”
I left the forest and brought back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you. Never, Never, Never, Give up.
He will never give up on you.
Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness
Bad days give you experiences;
Both are essential to life.
Don’t tell the Lord how big the problem is, tell the problem how Great the Lord is!
A happy and meaningful life requires our continuous input and creativity. It does not happen by chance. It happens because of our choices and actions. And each day we are given new opportunities to choose and act and, in doing so, we create our own unique journey.” Keep going…
Happiness keeps you Sweet, Trials keep you Strong, Sorrows keep you Human, Failures keep you humble , Success keeps You Glowing, but Only God keeps You Going!