September 11, 2001.
A day we will obviously all remember. A day that deserves respect of the surviving families and victims. A day to find peace in prayer.
It is also a day where we will hear countless survivor stories and countless tragedy stories.
While these stories and the individuals involved in the stories deserve respect and our prayer as I said before, I want to shed light on another 9/11 story. A “survivor” story of a different kind, if you will.
I had heard about this a couple of times before but could not remember where, so I looked it up today. There is a direct link to the pages I found it on below.
This is the short story of the “Survivor Tree“:
There is a Callery pear tree a few yards from Ground Zero that has become a powerful symbol of resilience and survival. When the tree was found in the World Trade Center Plaza amid the rubble of the 9/11 attacks, it was little more than a burned and twisted tree trunk only 8 feet tall.
By 2009, the tree had rebounded and flourished, growing to a height of 30 feet and starting to blossom again each spring. Then, in March 2010, New York City was hit by a severe windstorm that uprooted the tree and knocked it down. Incredibly, the tree survived again.
(short story above found HERE)
This is one tough tree. The above story is just a short version because I want to keep my post short. If you find this tree as neat of a story as I do, you can read more about it HERE.
If this story inspires you, pay it forward. Take a moment today to inspire someone else. You don’t have to share a story with them or do anything spectacular. Just a simple compliment will suffice.
If you do want to do something spectacular to inspire others, dedicate some time to volunteer work. Below are a couple options.
Thanks for reading today.