Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, CA

Don’t believe all the lies you’ve been told,
things you lack or limitations
on your destiny.

Just look at the brave oak
bent sideways, pushing its way
through solid stone.

An unlucky wind landed it
in horrible conditions; most seeds
would give up before the battle begins.

But Nature is full of these acts of resilience.
Plants and trees that defy the odds,
asserting a God-given right to rise up.

Knowing the tiniest connection
to the least amount of soil
is a gift; a beginning.