Cherokee Seasons  
This is one of many stories of its kind often attributed to Native American sources.  I am not convinced this is true, but it is an interesting parable anyway.
Ed Frank



The following pictures are of the same place but taken in different seasons..!

Lessons on Life

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 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, the fulfillment of your Fall.


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

TOPIC: Cherokee Seasons

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Date: Wed, Feb 6 2008 9:12 pm
From: James Parton


Yes, I agree. I have never been much for winter, but without it I
would not appreciate the summer as much.

Somehow this also reminds me of the triune goddess of celtic
mythology. Her three aspects being maiden, mother & crone. All aspects
of a womans life. All different..all special...

James Parton.