nature always finds a way
One day, as we explored the Rio Orizaba, which snakes through the center of the Orizaba, we took to noticing the abundance of flora growing from the cracks in the stone and concrete walls lining the walkways. It’s amazing how nature finds a way, how one tiny seed can take root and grow into the beautiful plants you see here.
Plants bring a whole new perspective to the saying “bloom where you’re planted.” These seeds weren’t planted; they weren’t placed with the intention of human hands. They were carried on the water and the wind and sought refuge where they could find it most readily: in the soft, damp, hospitable cracks of these worn walls.
These seeds, as if sensing their potential to blossom into something greater than their current forms, clung to the walls and nestled into the stone nooks. To grow, they learned to make do. To survive, they feed on sunshine and bathe in rainwater. They take advantage of every resource that comes their way so they’ll have a shot at producing their own seeds, at giving their species a chance to live another generation, which will, as it finds its own nooks a crannies, produce its own seeds.
This encounter is not the first time we’ve marveled at the tenacity of plants. We’ve long admired their ability to grow nearly anywhere and everywhere. Addie remembers, in particular, a story she heard as a child of a plant that broke through the plastic bottom of an above ground pool. It’s stuck with her all this time because it well illustrates what plants can and will do to survive.
Plants are strong, resilient creatures, whose abilities we often ignore, because they lack the hallmarks of “intelligence.” But intelligence is not a requisite for survival. We humans would do well to take a cue from plants and make life and vitality wherever we find ourselves. Our situations may not be ideal, but if we draw from the resources available, we’ll find ourselves flourishing, like the many plants among us.