One of my favorite places in the world is 20 miles from the nearest town and seven miles from the nearest road. Nearly treeless except for those few planted to provide breaks from the harsh winds of winter, it is a broad expanse of lush grass covering the dunes of an ancient desert — land unforgiving of those who tired to break it to the plow — land perfect for ranching.
I never knew the whole story of how the ranch came to be. All I can remember of it is that a farmer in the days of the Great Depression, with no market for his crops and beef, was able to save his land and his herd by being able to buy a large supply of grain at extremely low prices. As a result of taking advantage of an opportunity in an unsettled time, the family was able to make it through the hard times and, a little later, buy 21 square miles of range land where the farmer’s son and his bride settled in 1941.
The ranch hold significant positive memories for me. Experiences associated with the ranch, its owners and their family helped shape who I am. The ranch — a result of a farmer taking advantage of an opportunity in an unsettled time.
The world again faces unsettled times — and opportunities.
What kind of new opportunities might be on your horizon?