We live very sheltered lives. I mean we have internet, HVAC in our homes, vehicles, TV, cell phones, and all the main first world conveniences. We also have all of the #firstworldproblems – those little annoyances that nag us, annoy us, and RUIN our WHOLE day!! But do they though? Really?
#Firstworldproblems get in the way.
They steal our joy.
We need to remember that those aren’t real problems. Yes people in first world countries have problems, real problems, but those first world problems aren’t it. Yet, we give them power to control our moods and mental energy.
When we give these small problems power, we can no longer focus on serving others, loving others, praying, and simply being kind. Focusing on first world problems can and will consume our days. They turn our attention inward, to ourselves, instead of letting our minds see, experience, and move through the world looking for little joys all around us. When they have the power we can no longer see others we can help, or pray for. We no longer have time to stop and see what our kids want to share with us. We can no longer simply sit on the couch with our partner and be with them.
If we can reduce our obsession with our personal little annoyances and focus on those around us, with kindness, can you imagine the difference it would make in our world?
I’m also not suggesting we focus on others so much that we forget about ourselves and over-spend our emotional and spiritual tanks. Not suggesting that at all. I’m just trying to help spread a little joy and kindness to those around by looking up from my phone, my work, my unfocused frustrated tirade I’m letting loose inside my brain. If we can all look up from ourselves and observe the people around us. Look for chances to help spread a little kindness. If we can try to pay-it-forward whenever we can. Can you just imagine the difference it will make?
Hop on over to my page on your favorite social media account and tell me one of your #firstworldproblems. Find my links below.