Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Thanking God for my problems

Some problems and worries are universal. We all pray for good health for our loved ones and ourselves. We all worry as we see our loved one getting older and know that they will leave us one day. But I find myself complaining about ‘problems’ all the time, both out here and to my family. Mollie often listens with a half smile, shakes her head at me and says “First world problem, Mom.” Meaning what I see as a ‘problem’ would not be view as such by much of the world. As the new year approached I began thinking.

 First World Problems 

1. My husband doesn’t spank me enough

2. I’m tired of driving a mom-mobile (van)

3. One of my cats sleeps on the vent in the bedroom keeping my bedroom cold.

4. I have too much to eat and it’s hard to lose weight

5. I’m ready to retire, but I have 4 more years to go.

6. My house is a mess and I hate cleaning

7. I miss my boy, even thought it is living his dream in NYC

8. I’m not happy with our minister, many of my old friends are leaving the church I grew up in

9. I miss my baby when she’s at college

10. Worrying that LJ won’t get his big break as an actor or that Mollie won’t like being a teacher.

 Third World Problems 

1. Women have NO right and in effect belong to their husbands to keep or kill, as is his pleasure.

2. Walking is the only way to travel, not all have shoes

3. A family live in one room and have no heat

4. Parents wonder each day if they will have enough food to keep themselves and their children alive

5. Living in a refugee camp and not allowed to look for work

6. Home destroyed by war

7. Boys six and older being stolen and forced to be soldiers

8. People killed for not believing in the ‘right’ religion

9. Daughters being taken and sold as sex slaves

10. Worrying if their children will live to be adults


Here's hoping that all our 2013 problems 
are first world problems.

Written by PK at 5:00 PM

32 comments

32 Comments:

At 12:11 AM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

It really puts things in perspective huh! Now I am going to direct your words of wisdom to myself and worry about the big things!

Thanks PK!

Happy New Year!!

 
At 12:53 AM, Blogger Blue Bird said...

Here! Here!
Happy New Years PK!
BB

 
At 1:24 AM, Blogger sunnygirl said...

Happy New Year PK.

We all tend to think our problems are horrible. It's only when we look at others we see how blessed we really are.

 
At 2:20 AM, Blogger Cat said...

Very well put PK - wishing you nothing but joy in the New Year and may any of your problems be First World Problems.

Blessings,
Cat

 
At 6:28 AM, Blogger Bas said...

Happy New Year PK.
I will try to help you with the first world problems.

I did try a few times with the third world problems, but I didn't make a dent in those problems.
Too many people who think that those problems are not problems, but the way things should be.
Those third world problems are otherwise really easy to solve. Stupidity of people is the only real problem.

 
At 6:30 AM, Blogger Fondles said...

wow. sobering thoughts. here's wishing and praying that there'll be fewer people with 3rd world problems...

Happy new year to you and may the year ahead be filled with much love and happiness!!

 
At 6:31 AM, Blogger Roz said...

Totally agree PK! May all our problems be firs world problems.

Happy New Year to you and yours. Wishing you every blessing in the year ahead.

Hugs
Roz

 
At 8:06 AM, Blogger Florida Dom said...

As usual, a lot of words of wisdom, PK. You have such good insights. And Happy New Year.

FD

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger Paul said...

PK,
Happy New Year, may all your problems be not so much problems as minor irritations.
You have a wise young lady in your daughter.
Love and warm hugs,
Paul.

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Emi Jones said...

Wow, you are right - I will be thankful for all my problems, as they are minimal in comparison when I think about it all!

Happy New Years to you PK!

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger Blondie said...

What an awesome post. I would love to do something like this for my teenagers. Your point is well taken. And I hope that all of your problems are 1st world too.

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger PK said...

Minelle,
I'm just hoping that I can keep it in my mind.

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks BB and Happy New Years to you.

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger PK said...

Sunny,
It's not that our problems aren't real. They are and we care about them, but when we can step back and see the BIG picture most aren't so bad.

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger PK said...

Cat,
And I wish the same for you.

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger PK said...

Bas,
You're right, we haven't found a single cure for stupidity. But I'm still looking.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger PK said...

Fondles,
Thanks, who know, maybe we will see a decrease in third world problems. I hope your year is filled with love too.

 
At 7:41 PM, Blogger PK said...

Roz,
Most of us are so lucky - we just need to remember. Good wishes to you too.

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger PK said...

FD,
I think I get most of my wisdom from my friends out here! I hope your New Year is full of joy and wonder.

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger PK said...

Paul,
I agree about Mollie, that girl really has her head on straight. I'm so proud of her.

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger PK said...

Emi,
I just want to remember that too, but of course, there are always times we'll get caught up in our lives and we tend to forget.

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger PK said...

Blondie,
I was so proud that my daughter is the one who pointed it out to me. You have a good New Year!

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger playful little brat said...

Very well said. Happy New Year!

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger abby said...

You are so right...I have just had a very rough week, one in which appreciating what we have...when we have it...was made so clear. May we all remember...
hugs abby

 
At 9:57 PM, Blogger PK said...

Brat,
I hope your year is good too.

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger PK said...

Abby,
I'm sorry you have had such a hard week. I hope things will steadily get better.

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger SNP said...

Great Post, PK. Happy New Year to you and Nick.

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger PK said...

SNP,
And the same to you and Musicman too!

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger June said...

Thank you for the perspective, PK, awesome post! May all your problems be first world problems as well. Happy New Year.

(((hugs)))

 
At 11:59 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks June, and yours too.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger ronnie said...

Good post, well said PK.

Happy New Year to you my friend.

Love,
Ronnie
xx

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger faerie said...

Happy New Year PK, I think I might have to use that phrase about first world problems with my kids, maybe then they'll get a clue.

 

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