Every now and then, the owners of a plantation stop maintaining it. Maybe they go out of business and no one takes over. Maybe the government buys it off them to turn it into a forest.
Then again, maybe the owner wants to return the land to nature.
The plantation is a monoculture, all lined up in rows and columns.
Ordered and efficient.
But as soon as human hands stop interfering…
Pests – insects, fungi or both – ravage the trees. Because they are all the same species, they all have the same vulnerability. It doesn’t take long to turn the plantation into a graveyard.
This seems like the opposite of what you intended. The temptation might be to stop here, clear the land and start again.
But no – this is part of the natural order.
Because these dead trees provide shelter and nutrients for the next generation.
Those pests attract their predators – birds and small mammals – who bring all sorts of seeds and nuts with them.
Instead of a monoculture, you have a community.
Instead of a uniform grid, you have the chaos of a forest.
To get where you wanted required a little unpleasantness first.
Surely there’s no metaphor for personal growth in there, right?
So if ever it seems tough, remember – for something better to grow, something old has to fall away – maybe even die. And from that death something better emerges.
The only mistake is stopping.
Or never starting.
So get started here: