“A bird in hand is worth two in the bush” — This proverb suggests that we should not be too greedy in our day-to-day activities. We should have some contentment with what we have.
Legitimate ambition and struggle to rise in life are commendable, while unreasonable greed and craze to get something always lands one into serious trouble.
We know the fable of the greedy dog who, having a piece of meat in its own mouth, saw its shadow in the river and jumped from the bridge to snatch it too. As a result, it lost its own piece of meat and its life too.
The story of king Midas is also an eye-opener in this context. Not being satisfied with his own treasures, Midas begged the boon of golden touch, and lost his food, his drinking water and even his dearest daughter! Finally, he begged the goddess of wealth to return him to his previous state.
In our times, we find the fate of many people who go to foreign countries as unauthorised immigrants to get rich quickly and come back disappointed having lost all their previous possessions. Some of these people even lose their life and honour.
So we should be aware of our unreasonable greed and ambition.