Imagine my surprise when I entered the garage to get some water out of my 2nd refrigerator that holds all my extra drinks and food. Upon opening the door I saw that every drink (and there were many) had completely blown up and now covered the entire inside of the refrigerator with product and glass! For some reason everything froze and blew up!!! It was a mess!!!
What a disappointment! Now I faced the frustration of having to clean that mess up! My husband, in a wonderful attempt to show empathy said ” oh wow, that is such a bummer, will you be ok?”. Hmmmm….. Will I be okay?? Such a telling question and I needed to ponder my response! I had to laugh because this was, obviously, a first world problem. My extra drinks in my extra refrigerator were ruined! Really? Not a huge issue and, of course, I will be ok!
Isn’t it true, however, that we can often let first world problems ruin our day, discourage us, even make us mad, when in all reality these challenges aren’t really such a big deal in light of what the rest of the world is forced to navigate day in and day out!
The definition of a first world problem is this: a relatively trivial or minor problem or frustration (implying a contrast with serious problems such as those that may be experienced in the developing world).
Issues such as : My internet is too slow, I had to wait too long to be seated at a restaurant , my storage unit is too full, the road in my neighborhood is too bumpy, or my TV Cable is out. May sound silly but these are things that we can allow to make us unhappy.
Perhaps in this season of gratefulness, of Thanksgiving, we can really see how blessed we are as well as being mindful of the many challenges people around the world face every single day: no running water, no internet, poor medical care, no streets, and very little safety.
Every day that we turn on the tap for fresh water, enter a warm building, enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables, and freely enter our churches we must realize how very blessed we are. Our mindful approach to gratefulness can be richer this year in a fresh way if we appreciate ALL we have and we run from a sense of entitlement.
I want to wish you all a wonderful, heartfelt Thanksgiving this year ~ we are so very blessed!