My parents and I had a conversation the other day, and the word conservative was brought up. Not conservative, as in political parties, but as in a traditional sense. Dictionary.com explains a few meanings of the word conservative as,
- disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones
- traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness
- having the power or tendency to conserve or preserve
In a way this describes being frugal and yet content with conditions. What if being conservative is just living life with what has been given to us, rather than living off debt or wishes? In today’s society, we are inundated with commercials and advertising telling us that we need the biggest, the best, and the latest. What if, instead, we looked at what is really needed to live?
Health is one thing that is definitely needed. Over the course of a lifetime, living a clean healthy life is less expensive than living a destructive self-absorbing life. Health issues can arise for anyone at anytime (of no fault of the person). However, I know many people who have abused their bodies, (through bad eating habits, smoking, drinking, overwhelming stress, or not caring for their body), only to be paying for this lifestyle later on in life.
Water is another thing that we must have. Of course is the one thing that I forget. I think if I drink something liquid that is just as good. Instead of replacing what’s in my body’s natural chemistry, I replace it with chemicals, thinking that my body will react correctly. Sometimes I think that “I’m not thirsty” or “I don’t need anything”….until it is too late. And I’ve practically dehydrated myself.
Shelter is something that we need. Of course, myself like most American’s think we have the best house on the street. We have to have it immaculately decorated, and have it filled with the best gadgets ever. Why do we feel this way? Don’t we just need a place with a roof for shelter from the elements? Where did we inherit this idea that our “shelter” determined our worth?
Air is another thing that we need. I know people who would pay big bucks to breathe without assistance again. I know how we take it for granted on a daily basis. Maybe we should just take the time to be thankful for this “free” gift.
Living conservatively can be living abundantly. We are blessed. Let’s start living like we are. Let’s start being happy with what we have been given.
Daily Vitamin C: Live abundantly with what you have.