How to keep employee spirits up

Inject a bit of hope into a stressful time  by sharing this inspirational story with your employees.

Four seasons with japanese cherry trees in Hurd Park, Dover, New Jersey

Communicators, we know your employees are looking to you for news and information related to the pandemic. It can be anxiety producing for many, which is why we’ve launched a new series called “Inspiration Break.”

Consider sharing an inspirational story or anecdote that offers perspective, like one below. If nothing else, it’s a minute breather in an otherwise stressful day.

 

LIFE’S SEASONS

An old man wanted his four sons to not judge things too quickly. So over the course of a year he sent them each 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.

At the end of the year, 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 also disagreed. He said the tree was full with blossoms that smelled sweet and looked beautiful.

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 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.

The moral: Don’t judge a life by one difficult season. Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

 

—Taken from Bits & Pieces

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