Monday, January 14, 2008

i-TFTD #83: Don't Judge In One Season

i-TFTD #83: Don't Judge In One Season

Lesson on Life

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.

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 later.

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In addition to the optimism lesson, one can also deduce that we tend to form opinions based on a limited experience.

1 comment:

Aditya.Ganti said...

Dear RG,

I saw your signature for interested non-iflex persons and knew I had to respond :) especially considering the innumerous times we have discussed blogging and commenting.

I love both parts of your emails - the story and your observations. It is a constant reminder that one should not only experience but also reflect on the same. Thank you for making me a part of this.

Aditya