Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Oct. 12, 2006)
Just around the bend
Possibilities are always just around the bend.
|Photo by Karen Mitchell Tremmel
|Explore the unknown. Walk the
less trodden path.
That dream house, the perfect job, the gleaming new car, the big sale, the next
game won, the high score, the greener grass, winner takes all, live for the
Television reflects todays doctrines for living. Life is a gamble
know when to hold em, know when to fold em. Game shows have abounded
for years, but recently a new kind of show has taken precedence.
Competition shows nakedly expose the talents of individuals, couples and teams;
white knuckled, tear stained cheeks while waiting with trembling shoulders for the
judges final decisions.
Contestants compete against one another for the ultimate prize, the dream
vacation, the music contract, the bulging bank account, the prized date, partner,
husband, trophy or fame. Normal every day citizens bare all in front of live court
cameras to strangers all across North America for one fleeting moment of notoriety,
fame or brief second in the limelight.
Television programming has become the barometer of Western culture and society.
Furthermore, statistics reveal that the average TV viewer accepts that what they
see on the screen is an accurate portrayal of real life.
Americans spend more time watching TV than being with friends or socializing. The
Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 2005:
Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time (2.6 hours
per day), accounting for about half of leisure time on average, for both men and
women. By contrast, the next most common leisure activity, socializing: such as
visiting with friends or attending or hosting social events: accounted for only
about three-quarters of an hour per day for both men and women.
If you figure on average we spend eight hours sleeping, seven-and-a-half hours
working, an hour-and-a-half getting to and from work, and over two hours watching
TV, were only left with just over four hours to eat, take potty breaks and
somewhere in that time do housework. Those 2.6 hours watching TV are prime time
hours. Its no wonder then that unless that average citizen is sitting in the
Laz-Z-Boy watching nature shows all evening that its a pretty good bet they
have triaged the environment pretty low on their list of priorities. What do
tigers, rain forests, whooping cranes, black bears, panthers, elephants, turtles,
wolves, whales or orchids have to do with winning trophies and notoriety?
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to
reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.
Whats around the next bend? Explore the unknown. Walk the less trodden path,
investigate new horizons, take chances, but gamble on life not with it. Life can be
tearful, fearful and unexpected, but within the next moment life can offer
Beauty is just around the next bend. Turn off the TV. Step outside explore.
In the words of country song writer Gary Allen: Life aint always
beautiful, But I know Ill be fine, Hey, life aint always beautiful, But
its a beautiful ride ... What a beautiful ride.
Its not about the destination
its the journey and how we get
back to nature.
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.