I have heard it said that the Willow tree is known for it's ability to bend with the wind, teaching us to be flexible in response to what life brings us. My experience is that all trees possess this talent for flexibility, even when the wind knocks them down.
When a Redwood tree falls, it becomes the beginning of more Redwood trees. Its very wood becomes the seed and the soil for the next generation of trees.
This reminds me that sometimes flexibility isn't always about surviving the storm in tact. Sometimes flexibility is about figuring out what to do with the pieces the storm has left behind.