Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in the United States You Must See Before You Die,” Stone Mountain Park is located east of downtown Atlanta. The five square mile park is Georgia’s most visited attraction. Home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, Stone Mountain Park offers a variety of attractions and entertainment.
Stone Mountain wasn't always an attraction though, it was used as an Indian meeting place, a Fort, a Quarry, and now a world renowned tourist attraction.
I think we would all agree that the highest and best use of Stone Mountain would NOT be a cotton field. Let me explain.
I read a story about some farmers who were once the owners of Stone Mountain. But it seems that they determined that since you couldn’t grow cotton on this big rock, it wasn’t much use to them. So, they traded it....... for a shotgun – something much more useful. I guess they just didn’t have a long-range vision for the tourist trade.
The lens through which a farmer would view the world is growing things. Not much grows out of granite, except the yellow daisies found in the shallow soil of the outcrops. At least a shotgun fits into the hunter/gatherer worldview, for these farmers a "stone mountain" wasn't doing much to feed them so a shotgun would be much more profitable. This at that moment, put the mountain at its highest and best use possible.
"Highest and best use" is a concept of real estate appraisal. It holds that the value of property is directly related to the use of the property. The highest and best use is the reasonably probable use that produces the highest property value. The highest and best use may or may not be the current use of the property. Growing cotton was not the highest and best use for Stone Mountain.
Some would call "highest and best use" for people "potential". The root of “potential” is “potent,” which means to be able or powerful.
Here is the question, are you in your "highest and best use" in what you are doing?
All of us have a unique opportunity to use our abilities, personality, and experience to achieve greatness and as one of my friend's says "to awaken the hero within".
So, today is a new day and I am going to try and stay focused and not look at my "stone mountain" of problems but look for solutions, to work toward my potential and live toward my "highest and best use".
I encourage you to do the same:-)
Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he's called you to be, pray that he'll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you.
1 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (The Message)