Right-doing, Wrong-doing and Ought-To-Be-Doing

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I admit I can’t quote too much poetry. I love to read it (sustains my soul) but only short, meaningful lines seem to stick with me, if that. I love the Persian poet Rumi because he has lots of two liners. My favorite: “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” How could that not grab you in these days of mud-slinging and blame gaming? It runs through my head constantly. Maybe it’s because of those lines that another tape plays over and over again in my head about what I ought to be doing to sustain ME for a very long time.

You are about to hear my tape and please know that this one plays exclusively in my head and is no way a reflection of what I think YOU ought to be doing. Mrs. Green has honestly never been about that.

I ought to be pursuing solar. I don’t even have a solar water heater. What is up with that? Because I am coming clean, I am going to call this week and find out about what it will take and how much it will cost. Expect and hold me to an update. I believe what I write about and talk about – it doesn’t make sense to spend money and energy keeping water hot all the time for a two-person house. So I ought to find out what it’s going to take to make the change for this house – right? Mr. Green seems to think it’s really complicated but is willing to explore. At the very least, I will be contacting my buddies at GeoInnovation to get their advice and direction.

I ought to be looking into rainwater harvesting. To know better is to do better and I know better. I read about it, interview people about it and have seen various rainwater harvesting systems in action. At least I ought to know what I am talking about from first-hand experience – even if it is only to explain the complications and how to overcome them. Putting that on the schedule for October! Baby “ought- to” steps.

I ought to be eating even better. I am a nutcase when it comes to eating. The irony of being Mrs. Green is that my Mom told me I spit out anything green from my baby food days. (fyi – my siblings are all normal when it comes to eating.) I have made great progress since then but honestly cannot ever see myself chewing on broccoli or a celery stick in this life time. It’s a texture thing. But since seeing Forks Over Knives, and knowing I want to live to be at least 100, I ought to make more changes – quickly. Less meat, more fruits and vegetables, less and less processed sugar. Enter the Ninja! My hope is that I can sneak things like spinach and kale into my smoothies without really tasting them. I can almost feel my cholesterol going down as I write this. Target date to launch the smoothie experiment? Monday, September 19th. I still have to get protein powder from my friend Amie Sue and get fresh ingredients from the Farmers Market next Sunday.

I ought to be doing weight resistance training. How come it’s so easy to simply drop an exercise routine? At 60 years old, I know how important it is to add this to my almost daily 2 mile walk. Not to worry – I am on it! My friend Christina and I covered that on our walk this past Sunday. She is getting me the name of an affordable trainer and I am preparing to get my butt kicked and my muscles strengthened. I need to live long and prosper so that I can keep writing these newsletters and keep spreading the message of sustainability in every way possible.

And the tape plays on. I also think I ought to give myself a break. I have been making changes on a daily basis since Mrs. Green was born and I OUGHT to acknowledge this somewhere along the way. Stay tuned for “ought to” updates.


One Response to “Right-doing, Wrong-doing and Ought-To-Be-Doing”

  1. Jim says:

    Mrs. Green-

    We’re big fans of your blog, and find a lot of good tips reading tip. I thought you might want to check out our site concerning points 1 and 2 today. We have some great info about solar water heaters (and other high efficiency heaters) and a review of rainwater harvesting options as well. Unfortunately, we will not be as useful for eating well or weight resistance training, but I’m sure you will manage well on your own. ;)

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