Lifestyle: Style of life. Think for a moment what
this really means.
Dictionary.com defines “style” as “The
way in which something is said, done, expressed,
or performed.” Typically, when we say something
has “style,” we’re referring to
it in high regard – that it is better than
the “rest” in some way.
Does this typically apply to lifestyle? Unfortunately,
the term “lifestyle” has taken on touchy
feely aspect that can be uncomfortable or evasive
for some. It needn’t be.
If you bought a brand new car, how would you care
for it? Would you wash it consistently, keep it vacuumed,
change the oil regularly, etc.? If you hold the car
in high esteem, sure…you’d do all these
things. And it would be easy, as you see and interact
with the car each day…you want it to be in
top condition, both so that it can best serve you
and best reflect your investment in it. However,
once the car has ding here or there, has racked up
some miles, and been “around the block” a
few times, does your care for it wane? Do you take
care of it any less, even though it must still serve
you in the same capacity? We have a “style,” or “way
of being” for everything we consistently interact
There is nothing that we more consistently interact
with than our life – our very existence. The
style that we learn and apply to life affects absolutely
everything that we experience. We are not trained
in lifestyle, we need to learn it as we go – though
we first need to learn to hold it as our primary
regard. Lifestyle are the “hows” within
the six areas of healthful living.
And like caring for a car, some little things can
have great impact (like oil and filter changes),
we just need to learn what they are and integrate
them into our patterns of living.
Deepak Chopra says “The way you think, behave,
and eat can influence your life by 30-50 years.” Simply
put, he’s referring to lifestyle.
Just because life has been around the block a few
times does not mean that your care for it should
wane. There are plenty of fully restored classic
automobiles rolling around out there, and innumerable
models of people of all ages grabbing the reigns
of their lives and choosing and becoming healthy.
At Healthful Living we’ll talk about lifestyle
in this overarching pervasive way. We’ll provide
commentary, reflections, resources, ideas and much
more in order to bolster the lifestyle of each and
every one of us. We encourage you to explore the
style you are applying to living and to broaden the
avenues through which you enrich the experience.