Sunday, February 27, 2011

Inspiring Story:Lessons on life

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. 

Inspiring Story:
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.