Kauai has prevailing winds, trade winds and they are consistent. The graceful palms here grow symmetrically, meaning some fronds are always being blown away from their growth pattern…and there is usually a single obstinate frond that grows directly into the wind. It persists, doggedly and is rarely free of resistance. As a younger man, I resembled that stubborn frond, the wind rarely at my back. I’m more successful now at riding the horse in the direction he’s going.