Archive for October, 2011

The Seasons Of Life

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to
judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go
and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went
in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the
youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to
describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly,
bent, and twisted. The second son said no–it was covered with green buds
and full of promise. The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with
blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most
graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them;
he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because
they had each seen but ONLY one season in the tree’s life. He told them
that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the
essence of who they are–and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from
that life–can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your
spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall. Don’t let the
pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don’t judge life by one
difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times
are sure to come some time or later.

Author Unknown ,”4seasons of a Tree” (original subject)