Hope Pears Well With Difficulty

I have had too learn quickly how to encourage my now grown children as they attempt to navigate this new strange world. One said to her mother the other day, "This sucks, life is way too hard!" Another of my three, actually accused me of giving them "TOO good of a life" when they were little kids. Seriously!? I suppose they do have a point, my wife and I did everything we could to assure a happy peaceful life for our kids. Even if it meant when life wasn't very good for us parents. The last recession of 2009 took everything but our family from us. I share with you a famous old tale I related to them. All in an attempt to give my young adults some perspective during this strange, dark time in 2020. A time in world history we will not soon forget.

There was once a man who had four sons.  He wanted his sons to learn to not judge things too quickly. He sent them on a quest, one by one, 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 the summer, and the youngest son in the fall. 

When they all had gone and returned, he called them together to describe what they had seen. 

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, twisted and bare. 

The second son said "no" and that the tree was covered with green buds and full of promise. 

The third son disagreed, as he said it was laden with blossoms and leaves and smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. 

The last and youngest son disagreed with them all and he said that the tree was ripe and dripping with hundreds of fruit, a tree full of life and fulfillment. 

The man then explain to his sons that they were all correct, because they had each seen but one season in that trees&