Motivational Story

The Story of the Raven

Dare to do. Motivation
Tap Elderly Women's Wisdom for Youth (TEWWY)

Whenever you feel sad, read this story by a Buddhist monk. The story teaches us that we should not compare our lives with anyone. For many of us who are not satisfied with our lives and consider others to be happier than us, it will remind us to see the beauty within.

A raven lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied with his life. But one day it happened that he saw a beautiful swan. 

“This swan is so white!” he thought “and I am so black. The swan must be the happiest bird in the world”. So he flew over to the swan and expressed his thoughts.

“Actually”, the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around……untill I saw a parrot which has two colors. Now I think the parrot…..is the happiest bird in creation.”

So the raven flew over to the parrot. The parrot explained: 
“I lived a perfectly happy life….until I saw a peacock! I have only two colors but the peacock has a dozen of colors !”

So the raven flew around looking for a peacock but he couldn’t find one. And one day by chance, while flying over a zoo, he saw a peacock in his cage. So he flew over immediately and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. 

After the people had left, the raven approached the peacock, “dear peacock”, the raven said, “you are so beautiful. Everyday, thousands of people come to see you. When people see me… they immediately shoo me away. I think you must be the happiest bird on the planet.”

The peacock replied, 
“I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happiest bird on the planet…..but because of my beauty, I am  entrapped in this zoo…..I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that you, the raven, are the only bird not kept in a cage…So for the past few days, I have been thinking that if I were a raven, I could happily roam everywhere and I would be free!”

You see, in life, that’s our problem too. We make unnecessary comparisons with others and become sad therefore, we don’t value what God has given us and this all leads to a vicious cycle of unhappiness. Instead, we should learn to be happy…in what you have, instead of looking at what you don’t have. There will always be someone who will have more or less than you have. A person who is satisfied with what he or she, has or is…is the happiest person in the world and remember, it doesn’t matter if you have all the beauty in this world but if this beauty keeps you entrapped, it won’t make you happy!

Dare to do. motivation’s wisdom

We should learn to appreciate what we have and be contented instead of having a big list of wishes that’s out of our reach. By so doing, we will live happy and meaningful lives.

The Healing Hands Project: Wisdom and Wellness through Art

The Healing Hands project will economically empower people to achieve financial autonomy by building entrepreneurial skills and embedding skills transfer within the community – eliminating poverty as a driver of ill mental health. Funds raised from the jewelry will help sustain the implementation of accessible psychosocial interventions in underserved communities and promote the economic empowerment of the grandmothers who have been trained in and are implementing WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program. Healing Hands provides interpersonal counseling, group talk therapy, and psychoeducation resources delivered through arts, where clients learn to handcraft traditional beaded jewelry as a marketable skill. . Follow us @TEWWYWisdom @WisdomWellnessCollection to stay up-to-date.

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MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS Tap Elderly Women’s Wisdom for Youth (TEWWY) is a mental health stakeholder in Tanzania bridging the intergenerational- and mental health treatment-gap by training retired elderly women in adapting WHO’s mental health Gap Action Program (mhGAP). The grandmotherly figures called Wisdom&Wellness Counselors provide accessible mental health services, support and resources in their underserved communities. Wisdom&Wellness Meditation Garden is a wellness center in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area empowering people with simple self-care practices for holistic health and well-being. We teach yoga; organize nature adventures in local parks; facilitate Wisdom&Wellness Talks, a safe-space for people to share wisdom, connect, gain life-skills as they build community; and the Wisdom&Wellness Collection, our handcrafted line of natural skincare & aromatherapy products. 50% of our Wisdom&Wellness Meditation Garden’s revenue supports the mental health initiatives of our nonprofit partner in Tanzania, TEWWY If you would like to be a part of our Wisdom&Wellness Community, let’s connect.

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