Friday, November 4, 2005

Lessons of Life

I received this today & really liked it so I thought I'd share it with all of you!
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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.

Moral:

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.

9 comments:

dbp2000 said...

What a wonderful story!  Much to be learned from this insightful view on seasons.  Thank you for sharing it!

Donna

rap4143 said...

I love reading email and post like that this.
Betty

deslily said...

'Tis true, 'tis true.. but at times everyone makes "instant judgements".. the trick is to at least TRY not to.

shadierush said...

Thank You for sharing this... It really touched on somethings I've been dealing with in my life lately and gave me a new perspective.
Shadie

swibirun said...

I like this, very nice.

Chris
http://journals.aol.com/swibirun/Inanethoughtsandinsaneramblings
http://www.bigoven.com/~swibirun

boiseladie said...

Ahhh!  I like this!  Thanks for sharing!

lurkynat said...

Dear Deborah,
what a beautiful story! I actually loved it alot and it rings so true!
Those are beautiful pictures
love and hugs, nataliexxxooooxoxoxo

swtdlphn24 said...

Very nice...I like the pics.

~Tina

dreamingbrwneyes said...

"Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest."

I hope you don't mind if I use that one. I really enjoyed this!!