“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent,
but the ones most resilient and responsive to change.”  

- Charles Darwin

Mother Nature Survives: Can We? 
Many of us in the Northwest are deeply saddened by the fires burning in our beautiful Columbia River Gorge.  Our hiking trails scorched with many gone. Flames threaten historic sites. It seems incredulous that this majestic beauty in our backyard, which many of us take for granted, is now reduced to charred land and ashes. It is tragic, particularly when we know global warming dried our forests like never before, and human carelessness created the spark.

Yet, fires have damaged forests for thousands of years, and they do come back and create something new, different. The trees and animals are resilient and do survive. Sadly, it is human beings who struggle with major change and find difficulty in adapting. Merriam/Webster’s defines resilience this way: "The ability to recover from or adjust easily to change, misfortune, adversity or stress.” Resilience enables us to move forward through pain– often stronger and wiser. Mother Nature teaches us this lesson every day and gives me hope.