Archive for December 31st, 2007

New Year’s Resolution

Monday, December 31st, 2007

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texans of a certain age recall when families commonly spent time together outdoors. Today, though, individual demands on time—coupled with the rapid proliferation of affordable personal technologies—keeps everyone busy indoors, and in different rooms.

We are out of touch with one another and with nature. Next month we begin a new year, with renewed opportunities to discover why life is better outside. For your health and for your peace of mind, resolve to go outside and to play on your own, or with family and friends in tow, for at least one hour a day.

Enjoy a walk in your neighborhood, or a nearby state park, and remember what it is like to take long purposeful strides and to breathe deeply of air neither artificially cooled nor heated.

Leave the cell phones and MP3 players at home and listen instead to the voices and music of nature: birdsongs, squirrels skittering along the ground and in tree branches, the sound of the wind, and the howls of coyotes.

Skim a flat rock across a lake, and watch the sunset from its banks. When you reconnect with nature, you reconnect with a deeper level of yourself.

That’s our show for today…Happy New Year from all of us at Passport to Texas: Joel Block, Kate Lipinski, Bill Harwell, Kim Conner, Philipp Hubner, and Benjamin Jansen…Remember: Life is Better Outside.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.