A donkey was sobbing by the country road.
“What happened?” a passing horse stopped and asked her.
“I just had a baby,” the mama donkey answered in tears.
“Oh, I am so sorry…” assuming there must be something wrong with the child, the horse tried to comfort her. “But I think your baby will be fine. Don’t worry that much.”
“My baby is fine, very fine,” replied the mama donkey. “She’s the most beautiful donkey anyone has ever seen. My friends that have come to see her cannot believe their eyes. She’s perfect.”
“Oh, that’s wonderful,” exclaimed the horse.
“No, it’s the worst thing that can happen!” the mama donkey cried even harder. “Now, everyone else is going to realize how ugly they indeed are. My baby is going to be the most hated donkey in the entire world.”
The capability of genuine appreciation for others is sanctioned by one’s own ego.
After the mama donkey left, the horse shook his head and thought to himself.
How beautiful can she be? She’s just a donkey.
You just never know whose ego is bigger.