A few weeks ago I got this comment on my blog:
My dream is to live life as if there is rationing. I know that sounds weird, but that is my way of keeping in mind that the resources that are used for all the material things that are made are limited. — Athais
Rationing? Really? That sounds like such a negative word.
At the same time rationing is such a good word when it comes to looking at our resources. I started thinking about this from the minimalist living position and I really like how it changes things. If we look at the world and think about rationing what is our fair share?
If everything was laid out in a pile – resources, energy, material goods, water, even things like peace, safety, and health – what would be our fair share?
….I’ll tell you what…. a whole lot less than probably the ‘best’ minimalist uses.
So often with minimalism we think less, smaller, etc. However when we think of our share of the resources in this world even as a minimalist we are using way more than our share.
I know many people are trying to live off the grid and get closer to their share. I think that is great, but not accessible to everyone. What I do like is how it turns the tables on our thinking. Instead of having less we have more. Instead of having smaller we have bigger.
When we think of being minimalists it is easy to think we are doing so much better on managing resources than others. We can think what we do use is easily justifiable because it is so much less than we could be using. But this isn’t the case. Everything we use and enjoy is treasured resources.
I am not saying we should feel guilty about turning on a light or buying a piece of cloths. I am just saying we need to make sure we appreciate fully everything we do have and treat it like the gift that it is.
We have more than enough. Or in the words of Dave Ramsey ‘better than we deserve’.
Using little and being truly grateful for it is true riches. Thanks for your comment Athais!