I found this at a blog called True Love Is Life. Thank you, Sunshine, for your permission to share this in my post.
"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 the summer, and the youngest son in the fall.
When they had all gone and returned ,he called them together to describe what they had seen.
The First son (winter) said that the tree was ugly, bent & twisted . The Second son (spring) said it was covered with green buds & full of promise.
The Third son (summer) disagreed; he said it was laden with blossom that smelled so sweet & looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful tree that he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life & fulfillment.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had seen only one season in the tree's life. He told them that you can't judge a tree, or a person, by only one season. That the essence of who they are, and the pleasure, joy & love that come from life, can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up."