My 96-year-old grandmother is a vibrant, sharp-minded woman who spent most of her life gardening in her large backyard in Massachusetts, and her significant contributions to the American Hosta Society have earned her over 2,500 results if you Google her name.

Many spiritual Teachings tell us that we can learn all we need to know just from observing nature. So I asked my grandmother several years ago what she learned from a lifetime of gardening. She thoughtfully considered the question for a moment and then responded with a twinkle in her eye, “Life will find a way. The crocus will come up through the snow. The grass will grow between the cracks in the sidewalk. The plant that you think is dying will suddenly thrive. Life will find a way.”

I’ve thought of her words many times over the years, particularly when times are so dark that I can’t turn on the T.V. or the radio without hearing about death, conflict, and destruction. I breathe, and I remind myself that life will find a way.

  • "If there is one thing you should believe in, it is that life will find a way to push on…." – Salam Pax, Iraqi blogger, in his post-war commentary
  • “A friend sent along …a remarkable case study of a radical chromosome arrangement in a mother and daughter. When you see how these chromosomes are scrambled, you'll wonder how they ever managed to sort themselves out meiotically to produce viable offspring…but life will find a way.” – PZ Myers
  • “And if we could only step aside and trust in nature, life will find a way.” – Jurassic Park

Here is a short animated video that illustrates the idea of life finding a way, even in the darkest of times: Evergreen. If you ever start to lose hope or faith, may you take comfort in knowing that life will find a way!

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