The Bird and the Squirrel
My Aesop Fable
A bird once looked down upon a squirrel scurrying along the ground as he sat up in his nest. Perceiving how happy the squirrel looked to be as he rushed around the forest floor, gathering nuts to store up for winter, he decided he would watch the squirrel to see how he too could be so happy. After a day of watching the squirrel, the bird had decided that with such comforts that the squirrel had, it would not be hard to be happy. He observed the squirrel’s beautiful, sturdy nest, his numerous secret stores of food, and his warm pelt that would protect him during the harsh, cold winter months and thought to himself, “If I had these things too, surely it would not be hard for me to be happy!” Two years after this, the bird heard word that the squirrel had lost, in quick secession, his sturdy nest, his stores of food, and that his silky, warm pelt had lost much of its fur. Wanting to pay his condolences, the bird flew right over to find, to his surprise, the squirrel was just as happy as before!
Happiness is found in material things for only a short while, while inner joy never fades.