I can remember as a child the town I lived in planting evergreen trees to hide water containment units. Some towns are proud of their water towers, but we didn’t have pretty ones or ones with our town name or mascot on it, they were simple green cylinders. While I don’t live in the town any longer I still drive through occasionally to visit with friends and work with clients, so I see how things change and grow. Some of the most remarkable growth in the town is with the trees that were planted at the edge of the property where the water units are: it’s almost impossible to see the units anymore unless you’re at the (short) driveway of the property. It’s the best result they could have hoped for when they planted them, many towns aren’t as successful with trees they plant and replant each year hoping for better results.
Sure, the town could have come up with a different plan, maybe painting the units, having the town get involved in painting them (perhaps something patriotic) or just telling people to deal with it like many other towns with a visible water unit do. But instead they took the time to think about a solution that would be visually appealing and good for the environment, even if it might take a little extra work. Trees do require some care, they need watering especially when they’re in their early years, and they could look scraggly if they aren’t cared for, which would defeat the purpose of having them. But the town has taken the time and put in the effort to care for them and grow them into trees any tree-hugger would be proud of.
These trees are a great reminder for us that some things take work and time. We may start something today that won’t show a lot of fruit until our children or grandchildren are our age. We may not even live to see some of the great results. If you think about the men and women who sailed on the Mayflower and other ships, they didn’t know all the trials and tribulations we would go through to reach this point, or the great things and people that have happened and been part of the journey thus far. Don’t give up because you’re not seeing a great result today, keep putting in the effort day by day and don’t give up on your dreams.
“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffett