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 Chief 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
Spring, the beauty of Summer,
and the fulfillment of Fall.
This is a story speaking about esteem of its most real core.
The Wisdom of the Native Americans
- Editor: Kent Nerburn
- Publisher: New World Library; 1st edition (March 3, 1999)
- Hardcover, also available as ebook
- 216 pages
These thought-provoking teachings from respected Native American leaders and thinkers provide a connection with the land, the environment, and the simple beauties of life. This collection of writings from revered Native Americans offers timeless, meaningful lessons on living and learning.
It’s a wonderful collection of cultural and philosophical information and I will keep it next to me. It sums up my lifetime values even before I realized they were Native American. Like finding “my people.”
Wisdom in ones self is the most powerful item one can ever have.to listen and to be silent to take in. Good read. Highly recommend.
A very fascinating and insightful look into a beautiful culture and a different way of life. The first half is filled with shorter quotes on different topics of life and the second half has speeches from great Native American orators.