Our First World obsessions. How did we get them? Picture-perfect homes. With fine decor, and all artistically arranged. I can’t help but wonder: How did we get this way?
I read a post recently about hiding external cords of wall lights. You know, the kind added after construction that lead to the fixture.
First world problems
Because that cord. Well, it’s ugly, messy, and bothersome. Detracting from our picture-perfect homes. A problem to correct.
I must admit, I don’t care for the messy appearance they give. Not that I have any such lights, but such things do bother my perfectionist tendencies. Yet in really thinking about it, the fact that they bother me started bothering me!
They sell gadgets to hide those cords. Specially made casings to make them neat, pretty, and picture-perfect.
But it was the comments on that article that spoke to me most of all. People had been obsessing over those cords! And who knows how many other minor, trivial details of their home decor?
How did we get this way?
Why do we fuss over minor things instead of counting our blessings? Seeking perfection and always wanting more. Why can’t we be more and truly grateful for all that we already have.
Instead of counting our blessings, we fuss over minor things. Wanting more. Seeking perfection. How did we of the First World get this way?Tweet
And I’m guilty too. So I’m thankful for that article. It served to remind me how many things I, as a First World citizen, have and take for granted. Many in the Third World would just rejoice over having lights at all, messy cords and all. In fact, I don’t think they’d be looking at the cords at all!
A special prayer
So I’m saying a special prayer today.
Thank you, Lord, that I have electricity. At the flip of a switch, both in and out of the house. A light in every room, and flashlights if needed. A fridge, hot water heater, computers, and various small appliances. When I look at my unsightly, bothersome electric cords, help me remember they’re there only because I am blessed to have lights! So thank you Lord for light, messy cords and all!
Are you sometimes guilty of obsessing over minor details and lack of contentment for all your abundance?
Seek contentment and gratitude
Try concentrating on contentment and gratitude instead!
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