In my neighborhood is a tree that I pass on my daily walks. So what? I hear you saying, there are lots of trees. But this one is different; it is growing out of a tiny crack in the street right where the curb begins. Every couple of months, the road crews cut it back; every couple of months it comes back and grows a couple more feet. I live in the desert, so this tree gets hardly any rain (our average is 12″ annually; and we’ve had about 9″ or less annually for the last 10 years or more); is never fertilized; gets cut down to a nub frequently; and yet keeps trying to grow. Isn’t that so like life? We get ignored, cut off at the knees, no encouragement, yet we keep trying. Eventually, we get where we need to be. In the meantime, remember the tree and keep trying!