It is human to crib and complain about what we don’t have. But this story of Ganesha shows you how to make the most of what you do possess.

Both Shiva and Parvati loved to play with their two sons, Ganesha and Kartikeya. One day, the parents decided to issue a challenge to test their children’s skills.

The winner of the challenge, they said, would earn a miracle fruit — a fruit which would provide supreme knowledge and immortality to its owner.

The challenge was that both of them had to run three times around the world. Whoever came first would earn the fruit as a gift.

As soon as the task was announced, Kartikeya left immediately. He rode his peacock and left on his world tour. On his way, he halted at every sacred place, praying and seeking their blessings.

On the other hand, Ganesha stood there and put on his thinking hat. He looked down at his stout body and his vehicle — the rat. In his head, he was sure that no matter how hard he tried, it would be impossible to compete with his brother.

He collected his thoughts and turned to face his parents. When Shiva asked why he did not start on the journey, he replied: “To me, my parents are my world. I would prefer circumnavigating you thrice.”

Needless to say, when Kartikeya returned, Ganesha was already smiling because he knew he had won the race.

This story tells us how we must not fret over our physical weaknesses or limitations, and instead use our wisdom and intelligence to overcome difficult situations.