Only the Palm Trees Were Left Standing

Devastation - A Woman in her cyclone-destroyed house south of Yangon, Myanmar. 

When I saw this picture on the cover of the New York Times yesterday, my first reaction was the shock at the devastation the woman was standing upon.  After the initial shock, I noticed the background. What was left standing, the palm trees.  As the developer of Playa Viva, where we are building low treehousesupon palm trees, I am often asked by buyers, lenders, insurance companies and other stakeholders, “Will the Palm Trees survive a hurricane?”  Here is the proof, a catastrophic cyclone that has caused unimaginable destruction and what is left standing? The palm trees.  I’m not trying to be callous and overlook the human tragedy. Yet I’m amazed at the resiliency of nature.

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