(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


These two are similar, but have a difference in attitude.

Having reserve is about setting something aside for future use. Reserves give you sufficient supplies to handle emergencies and to cover future liabilities. It s healthy planning for the future.

When you conserve you tend to use sparingly, obviously also a useful practice.

The distinction centers around your attitude.

If you are building reserves in a healthy way, you are taking care of what might happen in the future so you can fully experience the present. It s freeing.

If you are conserving out of fear of not having enough, out of lack, it keeps you locked in the future and you cannot easily experience the present.

Of course, use conserving to help build reserves. Just don t get caught up in a feeling of lack.


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