The Land of What Ifs?

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - SHEILA GRESINGER Wash­ing­ton

Are we liv­ing in the Land of What Ifs? There are dif­fer­ent ways to deal with this.

A “what if” mind­set can lead to to­tal in­ac­tion with this line of ques­tion­ing solely ad­dress­ing neg­a­tive out­comes, lead­ing to pos­si­ble stag­na­tion in­stead of ac­tion to ad­dress a spe­cific idea. Pos­i­tive “what ifs” can mull over both neg­a­tive and pos­i­tive out­comes on that same spe­cific idea, lead­ing me to ad­dress the trail be­ing sug­gested and hope­fully on its way to fruition.

One of my fa­vorite Face­book sites is the Child Care & Learn­ing Cen­ter’s, dis­play­ing pic­tures of lit­tle stu­dents mer­rily in­ves­ti­gat­ing the won­ders of the out­doors and na­ture’s de­lights. With so many of to­day’s youth hun­kered down in­side with their tech de­vices, the new op­por­tu­nity we here in Rap­pa­han­nock County have with the Rap­pTrails pro­posal is, in my opin­ion, a wel­come ad­di­tion and out­door op­por­tu­nity for many. Many of our lovely wind­ing coun­try roads have some oc­ca­sional dan­ger­ous driv­ers, un­ex­pect­edly so, mak­ing them un­safe for recre­ational bike rid­ers. The new Rap­pTrail can present a safe place for par­ents with small chil­dren, the paving can give a new recre­ational ac­tiv­ity for those wheel­chair bound who might en­joy our out­doors yet can’t re­ally use ex­ist­ing trails very well. There are na­ture lovers who have men­tioned plant­ings along this trail which could en­hance it and lend an ad­di­tional learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Look at the way the new golf course in Sper­ryville used an open meadow con­cept in its over­all de­vel­op­ment.

No change here is re­ally not an op­tion and would lead to stag­na­tion and a down­ward spi­ral prac­ti­cally to rel­a­tive ex­tinc­tion. Many peo­ple here years ago rec­og­nized this and have been proac­tive in plan­ning pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive growth that needs to con­tinue. There are huge con­ser­va­tion ease­ments pro­tect­ing our vast land­scapes that tourists love on their es­capes from city life. Pro­mo­tion of our agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, our many and var­ied tourism al­lures has helped. En­cour­ag­ing small busi­nesses, growth in and around our vil­lages is an­other needed part in our con­tin­ued abil­ity to keep our county on a good path. Yes, change can and will come. It al­ready has. Our re­sponse will de­ter­mine which in the med­ley of “what ifs” will pre­vail.

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