A Raven and a Swan
Once upon a time, a swan and a raven were conversing by a river's edge. The raven boasted that his stunning black feathers were the most attractive in the entire country.
The graceful and lovely swan, who was well recognized for her beauty, scoffed at the raven's brag. She answered, "Your feathers might be black, but mine are white and clean." They reflect the sun's light and sparkle like snow.
Due of his jealousy of the swan's beauty, the raven wanted to prove that he was the most attractive of the two birds. He hurried off towards a neighboring tree where he discovered some brilliant, sparkly berries to give the swan.
The fruit, however, dropped into the river below when the raven lost control of them as he soared back. The raven returned to the swan looking disheveled and filthy and was now smeared in berry juice.
Having observed the entire conversation, the swan laughed at the raven's appearance. She remarked, "You may have had lovely feathers before, but now you are coated with mud and liquid." On the other side, my feathers are still flawless and stunning.
This story's lesson is that we shouldn't measure ourselves against others. We should put more effort into being the best versions of ourselves rather than attempting to outdo one another because we are all different and special in our own ways.