There are many reasons for sabotaging our happiness, but this one may be one of them.
It has probably happened to you at least once that you’re on Facebook and see pictures of friends and relatives enjoying amazing vacations. Or maybe you have seen happy couples or people enjoying success in their careers. And then you stopped and thought “Why isn’t my life as amazing as theirs?” “When was the last time I went on vacation? Why don’t I have a girlfriend or a boyfriend? Why don’t I have this, why don’t I have that?…”
Let me tell you a little story about happiness…
Once upon a time there was a crow living in the forest and he was absolutely satisfied with his life. One day, he saw a swan. He thought “That swan is so white, and I’m so black. She must be the happiest bird in the world.”
He went to the swan and he showed his admiration to her, but the swan replied: “You know what? I thought I was the happiest bird in the world too, until I saw the parrot. He’s got 2 colors. The parrot is so beautiful. Now I think the parrot is the happiest bird in the world.”
The crow went to the parrot to see how happy he was, but while he was expressing his admiration to the parrot, the parrot suddenly interrupted and said: “I thought I was the happiest and most beautiful bird in the world too until I saw the peacock. He’s got so many colors. The peacock is for sure the happiest and most beautiful bird on this planet”
Then the crow went to the peacock, but the only place he could find him was at the zoo. There the peacock was surrounded by hundreds of people. Everyone was admiring his beauty and magnificence. After the people had left, the crow went to the peacock and said “You’re full of splendor, beautiful peacock. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately throw rocks at me. 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 imprisoned in this zoo. And since I have been here I have never seen a crow kept in a cage. So for the past few days, I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I’d be happy because I could roam everywhere.”
Moral Of the Story
How many times in our daily life do we compare ourselves with others and then sabotage our happiness? We forget the true gifts that life has given us and we fall into a vicious cycle of unhappiness. We look at what we don’t have instead of looking at what we have.You always have a reason to be happy. Why are you happy today?