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There was a beautiful horse with many good qualities. But it wanted to be more perfect in every way. It especially wanted to have unparalleled beauty. One day the horse prayed, ‘O Lord, you have given me beauty and other good qualities.

I am grateful to you. But how I wish you could make me more beautiful. I would be extremely grateful if you could make me more beautiful.’
The horse then said, ‘It seems to me that I am not well proportioned. My neck is too short. If you can make my neck a little longer, my upper body will be infinitely more beautiful. And if you can make my legs much longer and thinner, then I will look infinitely more beautiful in my lower body.’
Immediately the horse changed into a camel. The horse was so disheartened that it started to cry, ‘O Lord, I wanted to become more beautiful. In what way is this kind of outer form more beautiful?’ He was told, ‘This is exactly what you asked for. You have become a camel.’
The horse cried, ‘I do not want to become a camel. I wish to remain a horse. As a horse, everybody appreciated my good qualities. Nobody will appreciate me as a camel.’
Moral: Appreciate what you have been given. If you want to lead a life of greed, then at every moment you will want more and more. But you have no idea what the outcome will be, whether it will be better for you than what you have.
Always pray to God to give you the most suitable things, and be happy with the lot He decides for you.
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