We are so tangled in the complexities of life we have a tendency to not see the forest for the trees.
The house on Holly Lane had an idyllic backyard with a beautifully manicured lawn, followed by a field and then a tree line that stretched the entire panorama of one’s vision. Deer, wild turkeys, eagles, fox, coyotes, raccoons, possums, falcons, and a potpourri of other critters inhabited the land.
We have a tendency to become complacent with our surroundings. We let our guard down as we relish in the serenity we’ve created. These feelings go part and parcel with the joys of home ownership. Sometimes change is good and other times, it can prove to be an exercise in patience and tolerance.
After years of drinking in a splendid scenery and being wooed by the sounds of various species of birds things began to change. It all started with the constant din of chainsaws which lasted days on end. This was followed by the rumblings of a bulldozer and heavy equipment. Finally, the air was polluted with the rat-a-tat-tat of hammers and the piercing whirl of table saws and circular saws. Obviously, something huge was going on beyond the tree line. It was summertime and the trees had successfully woven a superb privacy screen blocking out of view anything that didn’t represent nature. This was the season the animals didn’t come to visit the yard.
Autumn came and still the noise of chainsaws cutting down one tree after another was nauseating. At the top of the hill in the back field is a house owned by a husband and wife who own a popular restaurant and bar, a banquet facility and numerous income properties. They are pillars in this small community and love the area they are native to. In an effort to stop the deforestation occurring this great couple and wonderful neighbor purchased 5 additional acres of land abutting up against the property of the “tree cutter.” Now, everyone adversely affected can breathe a sigh of relief.
The fortunate people in this world are those who have the financial ability to pick and choose where they wish to reside. Many like to experience all four seasons and some prefer warmer areas. People like to live in the mountains, the forests, by lakes, rivers, streams, the ocean, the desert, in the suburbs or in an urban setting. Variety is, indeed, the spice of life. We rejoice in the decisions made and embrace our surroundings. Unfortunately, not all things last forever and change is inevitable.
People are content in familiar surroundings. The mere thought of altering their environment throws many into a tizzy. George Bernard Shaw stated, “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart stated, “Change may not always bring growth, but there is no growth without change.” Mr. Bennett is also quoted as saying, “Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude.”
The homeowners on Holly Lane analyzed their situation and realized things really weren’t as traumatic as they had originally thought. After all, the house beyond the trees is completely hidden from sight for 7 months out of the year and only a vague image can be seen for the remainder of the year. The wild animals have returned and birds are chirping and singing once again. Life is much more harmonious when we finally come into acceptance of things we cannot change.
Dennis L. Page