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 Winter, the second in Spring, the third in Summer and the youngest son in Fall.
When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.
The first son said, “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, “It was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful. It was the most graceful thing I had ever seen.”
The last son disagreed with all of them, “It was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfilment.”
The man then explained to his sons that they were all correct, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.
He told them, “You cannot judge a tree or a person by only one season. 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 and fulfilment 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 later.”
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Aspire to inspire before we expire.
Leave the rest to God.
Happiness keeps us sweet.
Trials keep us strong.
Sorrows keep us human.
Failures keep us humble.
Success keeps us glow.
But only God keeps us going.
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