Our 1st World Obsessions

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?

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!

Discover 5 essential tools for cultivating deep, abiding contentment by developing a heart bubbling over with gratitude! Read: Cultivating Contentment in a World of Stuff.

Images: Bedroom by quimono. | Wall light by Amel Ianovic. | Vase by EVG Photos.

Published by Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

16 thoughts on “Our 1st World Obsessions

  1. Gratitude is in such short supply. It’s so easy for me to move to that place of entitlement–I NEED hot running water, I NEED pretty things, I NEED more. And I don’t. Thanks for the reminder of our sufficiency coming from a place where things are just wood, hay, and stubble. Where real value is in how we’re seen and enjoyed by our Lord and now what our homes look like–or don’t look like. Have I told you how much I enjoy the way you think?

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    1. I think it’s a reminder most of us need, continually. We fall so easily into the trap of thinking we always need more! And yes, you have told me that. We are, indeed, kindred spirits, dear friend!

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  2. You are so correct! What really gets to me are the trends that are set by…who sets them, anyway?! And why do we feel the need to conform to what’s “in?” I’m guilty of it, too, at times – but more and more I’m ashamed at the time and money this desire for conformity can rob me of! Good blog!

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    1. Thank you, Patty. And the thing about these trends is that a new one passes quickly, only to be quickly replaced by the next new (and supposedly better) fad or trend. May we learn to follow God’s voice and have his courage to go against the tide when necessary. His help is only a prayer away!

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    1. Thank you Jane! I apologize for the delay in responding, but we were in the states visiting family and friends after an 8 year absence. I love the way you put that, that perfectionism shreds contentment. How true!! And the sad thing is that the striving for perfectionism is an endless quest. Thereby leading to constant discontent. How much better to seek true contentment!! Have a great day!

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  3. You are absolutely right about the things that we in First World countries take for granted. I’m chuckling a little, however, because our bedrooms don’t have ceiling fixtures so I just bought a lamp on a cord to plug into the wall and hang from a hook (and I was excited to have more light!) 🤣

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    1. Good for you Linda! I wish we could always keep that attitude about everything, but sometimes it seems like a struggle. I think we are bombarded by too much advertising and then we start playing the comparison game… 😦

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  4. SO TRUE, Sheila! We need constant reminders to be grateful for what we have, because the world is constantly reminding us of what we DON’T have and trying to convince us we need it (whatever “it” is.) Your prayer to thank God for electricity reminded me of the three hurricanes we experienced while living in Florida, which caused the power to go out–twelve days one time. THAT’S when you appreciate all the electrical conveniences we enjoy! (We did have a generator for the second and third hurricanes, so we could run a few things at a time: the fridge, a fan, and maybe one other item.)

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    1. That’s just it Nancy, we are bombarded by ads, people, and society making us think we need more & more and better & better. Oh for deep and true contentment, the kind the apostle Paul had when he said that he had learned to be content in any state. And he went through some really tough times!!

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