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Stick-to-itiveness

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Nature is full of examples of resolute tenacity in the plant kingdom that are incredibly inspiring.

Nature is full of examples of resolute tenacity in the plant kingdom that are incredibly inspiring.

Take this conifer tree clinging to life on a rock ledge in New York’s Letchworth State Park. Upside down, roots halfway torn out, water and nutrients no doubt lacking. Yet it’s getting by very nicely, thank you. A true survivor, it has learned to adapt.

Now look at an Ailanthus tree growing through an urban fence. Yes, it’s the same species immortalized in the book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and it’s the epitome of stick-to-itiveness. Trample it in youth, ignore it in drought, chop it down again and again (believe me, I speak from experience) . . . and still Ailanthus “keeps on keeping on.”

Finally, we have a silver maple growing along an Iowa river. Strong currents eroded the riverbank to the point where the maple toppled. Not a problem. As you can see, the adaptable tree shrugged its shoulders and told its suddenly out-of-place branches to keep doing their job -- only this time to head upward instead of outward.

I think Nature is teaching us some lessons here: Learn to adapt, refuse to give up, change direction when needed. And, most of all, keep reaching for the stars.