AESOP’S STORIES: “The peacock and the crow”

A crow lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. 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 expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.” The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, “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 that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. After the people had left, the crow approached the peacock. “Dear peacock,” the crow said, “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 thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So for past few days I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere.”

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That’s our problem too. We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad. We don’t value ourselves and sometimes we are our own worst enemies with our own critical self-judgements.  This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness.  Learn to be happy in what you have instead of comparing yourself to others.   There will always be someone who will have more or less than you have.  A person who is satisfied with what he/she has, is the happiest person in the world.



13 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    How often do we compare ourselves to others!Way to much , God has made us all unique to fulfill His purpose in ways we never can imagine!

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  2. Amira says:

    so true! we all can offer our unique gifts and enrich each others worlds.

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    1. Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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  3. Abdul Gani says:

    A message made very interesting to read, and way to self-love..


    1. Thank you so much! Yes, this story teaches a good lesson to be content in our own skin, as you said to self-love, and be grateful for our own blessings. I appreciate your beautiful comment dear Abdul! 🙂


      1. Abdul Gani says:

        It feels good to read this kind of stories.. !


        1. Oh you made my day and put a smile on my face dear friend! That is my joy to spread inspiration!!! 🙂 Thank you for your kind comment!


          1. Abdul Gani says:

            Keep inspiration yourself and others..!

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  4. Yes we need to be satisfied with ourselves and what our beloved God has showered on us instead of looking at others and feeling jealous and unnecessary belittling ourselves. Loved this awesome and apt story that tells us so much in life. Great pictures, Amira I so loved them.


    1. I totally agree with your beautiful comment dear Kamal, you are always so encouraging and kind dear friend! 🙂

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      1. Welcome dear and you too are always encouraging so many bloggers and I love your stories and so beautifully you present your post, Amira.

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