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                                                        - Lessons on Living -

             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

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 when you've
 experienced the tree, or the person, in all of their "seasons".

If you give up when it's Winter, you will miss the promise of your

Spring, the beauty of your Summer, the fulfillment of your Fall.

The Moral of this Story is:

Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all of your

Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to

 Live Simply.

Love Generously.

 Care Deeply.

Speak Kindly.

And 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 God keeps You Going!



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