Palm trees have an interesting defense against hurricanes: They bend with the wind. Their leaves, while wide and large, tend to fold like a fan when the storms get rough. Debris and buildings may get sent flying hither and yon, but a palm tree will simply lean with the tempest. Sometimes, I feel like I need to do the same thing. The thing about aging (and, regardless of what you think, we’re all doing it) is it’s easy to get set in your ways. Our ability to adapt becomes challenged. Sometimes it’s new technology which we wonder if we can master. Sometimes it’s simply our lack of desire to learn.

“We’ve never done it that way before,” old timers exclaim.

Trending Recipe Videos

Recommended for you

Tim Hughes is a lay minister and elder at Ascension Life Church in Athens. He can be reached at

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.