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Who is Happy? – A short story

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere – Agnes Repplier

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.

Who is happy

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.

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