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If you live in the Southwest, you are fully aware that our rain levels are below average for much of the state. And we aren’t alone. California is experiencing drought at historic levels. You’d think with such a lack of rain that nothing would grow.

But in Napa Valley, where vineyards are found on every hillside, the vines are healthy.

How can this be?

Well, when rain is abundant, the roots of grapevines grow 10 feet deep, but in dry or drought conditions, those roots grow even deeper in their search for water. Twice as deep, even. It turns out that dry years are actually good for the plant because it forces the vine to really dig deep, into the soil. And although the fruit it produces is a bit smaller than that of a wet year, it has much more flavor.

People are a lot like grapevines.

We all face adversity; dry periods in Life; happiness droughts. And when we do, we have a choice. We can throw our hands up in despair, declaring that it will “Never rain happiness again,” or we can dig deep to find joy. It’s not easy; just as that grapevine root has to work to get to a place of health, so do we. And sometimes, we can’t do it alone–we need help to get back to a place of perspective.

But when we overcome, we find that the droughts in Life only increase our strength and resolve; we find our roots go much deeper than we ever thought possible, and the fruits of our struggle are sweet enough to bottle.

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