The Happiest Bird

A crow lived in a dense forest filled with a wonderful assortment of flora and fauna, insects and animals. The crow was very contented with his carefree life until he saw a swan one day. The swan was gliding gracefully on a lake, creating nary a ripple. "This swan is so pristine white," he thought, "and I am so black. It must be the happiest bird in the world."

He shared his thoughts with the swan. "Actually," the swan replied, "I thought so too until I met a parrot. It had two brilliant shades of red and blue! No other bird could be happier than the parrot."

The crow went in search for the parrot, and found it perched atop an old rain tree. The parrot explained, "I too was very happy until I chanced upon a peacock. My two shades paled in comparisons next to the peacock. Its rich hue of colours put my coat to shame."

Curiosity got the better of the crow, who was determined to locate the beautiful peacock. It finally found the peacock at the zoo. Hundreds of people had gathered round the pen to watch the peacock and its impressively fanned out plumage. After the crowd dispersed, the crow rested itself onto a rock in the pen and exclaimed, "Dear peacock," the crow said, "you are so beautiful. Every day, people come just to see you. People either shoo me away or avoid me when they see me. You must be the happiest bird on the planet!"

The peacock replied matter-of-factly, "My beauty had me entrapped in this zoo. In the years spent here, I often thought to myself that if I were a crow, I could be enjoying a carefree life outside. Then, after many months of internal struggles, I came to realise that I need to learn to be happy in what I have instead of hoping for what I do not have. So my new friend, indeed I feel that I'm now one happy bird, but so can you ..."

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