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Inspirational focus Leader: Melissa A Manning

THE FOUR SEASONS OF A TREE

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 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 have 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, and it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them.

The youngest one 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 have each see 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.

The essence of who we are, the pleasure, joy, and love that come from life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up. If you give up when it’s winter, then you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, and fulfillment of your fall……

Don’t let the pain of one “SEASON” destroy the joy of all the rest.

 

 

DON’T JUDGE A LIFE BY ONE DIFFICULT SEASON.

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