A crow living in a forest was absolutely satisfied in life. Then one day he saw a swan. “The swan is so graceful and sleek,” he thought. “He must be the happiest bird in the world.” He flew over and told the swan about his thoughts.
“Actually,” the swan replied, “I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot with many colours. Then I realized that the parrot must be the happiest bird in creation.” The crow spotted a parrot in a tree and flew up to share the swan’s words.
The parrot said, “I thought so too, until I saw a peacock in the zoo with beautiful wings and dazzling colours. Everyone was admiring his bright blue plumage, and I thought he must be the happiest bird in the world.” The crow found the zoo and saw dozens of people peering at the peacock’s beautiful colours. The crow was filled with jealousy.
From above the peacock’s cage, the crow called down, “You are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. You are so lucky.” The peacock looked up at the crow.
“Lucky? I am stuck in this zoo where I cannot fly and people just stare at me. You can fly wherever you please. You must be the happiest bird in the world!”
Lessons learned. It’s so easy to look at the people you meet and think that their lives look so awesome from the outside, or so it seems from an initial encounter or their FaceBook post, etc. However, get a closer look at their real life, their whole life, and you just may find yourself so thankful for where you are, what you have, your friends, your upbringing, your faith, your family, your kids, your freedoms, or your health.
You have been blessed!
Your friends in the business,
Larry & Marlene