There is so much to be learned from nature if we take the time to notice. Even in the most challenging situations or times it can be possible to renew, to regain, when it seems that our chances for success have been destroyed.
Every morning I must pass through a narrow opening to enter the space by the ocean’s shore where I do my morning exercises. As I do, I notice every day a tree stump almost buried in slabs of concrete stone, thrown there by an ambitious gardener dedicated to some cleanup of the area. This space is not owned by anyone but is “area verde”, a common “green area” of the community. For the last several months I have marvelled at this stump’s repeated attempts to grow new branches. The new growth is bright green and it grows rapidly sending out shoots to receive the sun and the rain which aid it in its renewal. I could not help but wish it good luck as I passed by. But there was challenge for this new growth. Another passerby broke off one of its new branches. Why? I do not know.
However, for the second time the stump sent out new growth, stronger and more beautiful than the last. Again I marvelled at this plant’s urge to survive. Sadly, there was another challenge and this time all the new growth was broken off. It seemed that the stump was finally giving up. But no, today I noticed small buds coming out again from the stump’s base.