seasons of life

Monday, February 18, 2008

*Lessons on Life*

There was an Indian Chief 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


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

Live Simply.

Love Generously.

**Care Deeply.**** **

**Speak Kindly**.

Leave the Rest to God.

Happiness keeps You Sweet,

Trials keep You Strong,

Sorrows keep You Human,

Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,

But Only God keeps You Going!