Potential - Jan 30th 2009 @ 09:57AM
by Matt Stone
I remember watching a movie one time called Boy’s Town.   Spencer Tracy played a priest that a passion for helping kids in whom no one else could see the potential.  In his estimation, there was no such thing as a bad boy.  In the movie, he built an orphanage and provided food, clothing, and shelter for the boys.  But more importantly, they received the love, nurturing, and training that every child needs.  Kids came into his care with problems and left out as fully functioning adults.

It’s easy to love the proverbial “golden child"; the one with the right look or personality.  It’s another thing to embrace the child that doesn’t fit society’s mold; you know, the one that doesn’t live up to other people’s expectations.  Either child has the chance to live a productive and happy life.  One may need a little more nurturing than the other, but both have value to society.

Land is kind of the same way.  Some tracts of land are just simply beautiful.  The aesthetics overwhelm you:  the big timber, the water, or just the general lay of the land.  These tracts are conducive to wildlife---abundant game everywhere; who could ask for more?   I can hear it now, "That’s the tract of land that I want."  But what about the tracts of land that are not the most picturesque?  Don’t they have value too? Of course they do.

Sometimes with land, like with kids, you just have to look past the surface to see what’s looking back at you.  A particular tract may have had the timber mismanaged in the past or is trying to recover from past agricultural practices that are no longer acceptable today.  In either case, the land still has value.  It may just have to be nurtured a little bit to get it to show you its full potential. 

This potential can be brought out in some cases with proper reforestation, silvicultural, and wildlife practices.  Some land is just naturally appealing; other land just needs a little help.   In either case, both have value to the environment.  True value is always found in diversity.  So don’t be afraid to invest in a tract of land that at first may not meet your preconceived expectations.  You may find out that “there is no such thing as a bad piece of land”.  Always be willing to cultivate the natural beauty in each tract of land.

Naturally Yours,
Matt Stone    
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