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May 07, 2007

Good intentions

Posted by Nancy Guppy at 11:01 PM

Let's talk about good intentions.

I intended to take the bus to the Seattle Art Museum yesterday morning, but suddenly it was 8:45 and I had to be there by 9:15. Oh well.

I intended to walk to On the Boards yesterday afternoon to buy tickets for an upcoming performance, but suddenly it was 5:50 and the box office closed at 6:00. Oh well.

Now, to be fair to myself (someone has to be!), changing my eco-behavior is hard, but then, so is making behavioral changes of any kind.

I don't think it's literally the action part that's so tough (taking the bus, walking to buy tickets). It's the psychological decision to take the action. In other words, if I had really WANTED to take the bus to the Seattle Art Museum, I would have looked at the bus schedule. Instead, I only got as far as thinking about what a good idea it would be to take the bus.

If I had really WANTED to walk to buy the performance tickets, I would have found out the box office hours and timed my walk accordingly. Instead, I fantasized about how good my walking to buy tickets was going to look in this blog and, by the time I returned to reality, I not only had to jump in the car and drive for the tickets, but I had to speed.

"Yes Officer, I know I was going 75 in a 25 mph zone..."

The road to a really expensive ticket is paved with good eco-intentions.

P.S.-- I have a sinking feeling that "B" will have something to say about the use of the word '"had" in this sentence:
"'Had to jump in the car...', Nancy, or you chose to jump in the car?"


Zip it, "B."

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