Lessons on Life

Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest

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 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.


 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 or later.


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Touch
    May 12, 2009 @ 14:34:01

    That\’s a great lesson, Rhonda. Thanks.


  2. Princess
    May 12, 2009 @ 14:35:06

    Yo Rhonda! Wot a Brillaint Blog! The pics are Fantastic! Hope u have a lovely evening! Luv PF XXX


  3. Amy
    May 12, 2009 @ 14:47:37

    So true.


  4. Cheryll
    May 12, 2009 @ 14:58:20

    ::putting down my strawberries long enough to say:: YES. VERY true. Couldn\’t agree more.


  5. Gill.
    May 12, 2009 @ 15:18:07

    Loved the pics Rhonda and the words written here are so very true.


  6. Rusty
    May 12, 2009 @ 15:35:53

    Just beautiful Rhonda and so true. May you enjoy all your seasons.


  7. Zeynep
    May 12, 2009 @ 15:38:10

    Aaah, ah! Yes, true. Very nice entry as always. Hug xx


  8. Beth
    May 12, 2009 @ 15:40:45

    Beautiful words and the pictures are awesome. "The seasons come, the seasons go, we get a little sunshine rain and snow, just the way that it was planned to be."


  9. Adrian
    May 12, 2009 @ 15:52:50

    I like it! 🙂 Have a great week!


  10. Sheila
    May 12, 2009 @ 16:07:54

    That\’s a great story and a point well taken. Things and people change and we need to give them a chance.


  11. GreatGranny
    May 12, 2009 @ 16:34:44

    Good Post, very thought-provoking and the pics, a place you\’d like to visit,


  12. nita
    May 12, 2009 @ 17:08:35

    hi rhonda, thank you – delightful pictures and very true thought provoking words, that have lots of meaning for me right now. hugs nita.


  13. Samantha
    May 12, 2009 @ 18:29:46

    those shots are amazing. it looks like a beautiful relaxing place during all seasons


  14. Miss Beth
    May 12, 2009 @ 20:44:00

    i love these photos and that was a wonderful post….i love to read something like that , which makes us really think as this does.thank you for sharing.Beth


  15. Sue
    May 12, 2009 @ 21:44:15

    Beautiful pic\’s RhondaHope you have a good daytake careSue


  16. Angel eyes
    May 12, 2009 @ 23:07:07

    just wonderful angel eyes


  17. mami linda
    May 13, 2009 @ 04:15:34

    Some times it takes one to open your Eyes


  18. Terry's
    May 13, 2009 @ 06:31:15

    This was very nice Rhonda . Great Blog .thinking of you dear .Oh did Becky say what happened to Gabby and Spot .Al\’s kittys .I\’m just curious .Al would want them to be okay . They will miss him too .I remember Al telling me that Gabby use to Meow like crazy when he closed the door to use the bathroom . I guess she thought he was going to disappear .Oh Golly I shouldn\’t of said that ,that didn\’t sound right .I think you know what I mean though .Take care sweet friend love Terry


  19. Isabelle
    May 13, 2009 @ 12:06:03

    What a nice story and nice pictures.Yup full of moral!!Thanks for the graphic… you are so right.Hugs to you and Emma,Isa


  20. Lady Grace
    May 13, 2009 @ 13:13:33

    beautiful story and pictures… I love each seasons no matter what although I perfer warmer weather than cold ones. I will never stop being amazed on how the seasons changes. We are fortunately to have four different seasons while some countries have two or one. Thank youi for this post. Have a great day! love, hugs & kisses…


  21. Happy
    May 13, 2009 @ 22:43:47

    Insightful story Rhonda. Really enjoyed the analogy and not to let part become the whole story. As I age a wee bit I am becoming more appreciative that I can see seasons/cycles of my life and feel more at ease in knowing that a bad patch is inevitably followed by a spurt or slower cycle of growth and regrowth. Wonderful story. Would make a great kid\’s book. As ex-active teacher I can see much discussion and would make good link with a science tie-in. Thanks for this post. It\’s filed somewhere in my brain if a new teaching colleague is looking for something related. Have a splendid morning/evening (?)


  22. Barbara
    May 14, 2009 @ 13:36:58

    Love this, what a wonderful way of looking at things! to many give up before they have gone through all their seasons!! Thanks Rhonda, and have a wonderful day!


  23. May 14, 2009 @ 16:33:03

    Oh Wow!!! What a special place of peace and tranquility that you\’ve captured on film at different seasons. The images took me there… what a great thinking place! Love it!!! The photo\’s and the story never a truer word… God does provide better times ahead : ) Take Care Rhonda. God\’s Blessing be upon you and your loved ones. Love, Kerrie xoxo


  24. Dianne
    May 14, 2009 @ 23:32:18

    Wonderful blog and photos , Rhonda. Every Season is beautiful in it\’s own way but I fully understand the moral of the story and that also is so very true. It is the difficult seasons that help us grow and appreciate the beautiful seasons that bear good fruit in our lives. We would not appreciate them as much if they were all the same.Thinking of you and Emma. Hugs to you both. Dianne 🙂


  25. Duckie
    May 14, 2009 @ 23:45:08

    For whatever reason, I cannot view the pictures. I love the story so very much an the moral was what I needed to read tonight.Thank you.


  26. m60a3
    May 15, 2009 @ 05:05:38

    Rhonda, this is absolute, life too has its seasons. I am glad that your mind is within the beauty that surrounds. I too again have shaken the clouds. PeaceMark


  27. Here I Am
    May 16, 2009 @ 14:34:39

    I recieved this once in E-mail It is so true how we can all view life so differently. Hugs Carrie


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