Do you find yourself comparing your travels to the next person?
You wonder how they always seem to find the most beautiful hotels, the most exciting adventures and the most tantalizing scenery on Earth.
The truth is that you never quite know their journey or the steps they’ve taken to get there, so your comparisons are invalid. That’s my sociology degree in use!
Use other travelers’ experiences as inspiration, not as a scale to compare your success.
This story gives you a look at why most comparisons are silly.
The Crow And A Lesson
“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. “This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.”
He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I felt like 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 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.”
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The crow 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 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 trapped in this zoo. I looked around and saw that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So for the past few days I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I could roam everywhere and would be the happiest bird in the world.”
MORAL: The person who is satisfied with what he or she has is the happiest person in the world.
Isn’t it interesting how far the crow traveled just to realize that he has what another desires? Let’s appreciate what we have and live life in celebration of it! Every week the Awe Inclusive Travel Tip Tuesday (TTT) series motivates others to create the travel life of their dreams. Follow us on Twitter for real time updates of our travels. See ya out there!
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