We have a saying around this house when we’re complaining about something inconsequential – “That’s a first-world problem.” There are people in this world who have a heck of a lot more to worry about – like access to clean water, twenty-plus years of civil war, the real threat of being sold into sexual slavery, bullying and abuse and simple survival.
That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing in my life or yours that is worth worrying about. But that saying gives me a little perspective on the issue at hand.
So the dust that accumulates on the TV stand within seconds of cleaning it? First-world problem.
The cat hair on the sky-blue duvet cover? First-world problem.
The way the desk lamp I gave J.C. wiggles when he types? First-world problem.
Not having enough half-and-half for my morning tea? First-world problem.
So, just for today, I’m going to ignore my first-world problems and focus on the things I am grateful for – Chester, J.C., our friends, a reliable day job, the upcoming release of The Weird Sisters, our new life in Colorado, my fellow Debutantes, and everyone reading this who supports and loves us.
I’ll do that just for today. And then maybe I’ll do it again tomorrow.