Trees Represent Resilience

At Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

We Have the Capacity to Recover

On this day 2001 we didn’t know if or how we could recover. Together we managed even with adapted travel procedures at our airports. Now we are in the midst of a pandemic, something none of us have lived through before. I wish I could say we are all pulling together. I have confidence that we will eventually overcome this challenge as well.

Trees push through seemingly impossible obstacles to grow. They reach for the sunlight. Just as each of us must do when we face the challenges life. We must strive and struggle to make it through the hard places.

The Tree of Life symbol represents our personal development, uniqueness and individual beauty. Just as the branches of a tree strengthen and grow upwards to the sky, we too grow stronger, striving for greater knowledge, wisdom and new experiences as we move through life.

“God never puts us in a place too small to grow.” Henrietta Mears

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I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experience the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon.

Gai Cawley Showalter

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