The Seasons of Life
There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to
things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and
at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third
and the youngest son in the fall.
When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to
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
The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that
sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and
with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because
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
and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love
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
the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.
Moral: Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the
Don't judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to
some time or later.
The Seasons of Life - video