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  • Elizabeth
    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
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      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.
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      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

      Happiness keeps You Sweet,

      Trials keep You Strong,


      Sorrows keep You Human,


      Failures keep You Humble,


      Success keeps You Glowing
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