It’s so easy to just get wrapped up in yourself and your problems, isn’t it? But when you pull back enough to notice, you realize how really silly and insignificant they really are. I find myself worrying about all sorts of things–problems that are impacting me, and just recently realized that it’s all remarkably unimportant.
For instance, I worried last night about not having anything to write about. This coming after being generally uninspired when it came to making dinner. I’m already thinking about what I’ll put in Jenni’s lunch in the morning.
I’m starting to just worry a bit about the cleaning I need to do for this weekend–Patrick’s having friends over on Saturday, then a gathering for Father’s Day on Sunday. And I’ve been wondering what to make for food for both events–especially tricky when Patrick’s girlfriend needs gluten-free options.
In my mind, nearly everything in my life is important: getting laundry done, making sure we don’t run out of milk or bread, ensuring the internet and cable is working at home, making sure the cat has food.
But of course, these are all trivial and minor in comparison to the real problems of the world. There are people who don’t worry about what to make for dinner because they’re worried about actually having something to make for dinner.
That doesn’t make those of us who live in relative comfort worry any less about the things that have become important in our lives: needing to figure out the problems with the cable, or hoping there’s enough time to stop at the coffee shop to get that latte, or fretting about the error your computer just gave you.
Our convenient life has made us worry about other things, which seems to say that worrying is something that people do best, or that we need to worry, so we create problems from things that aren’t really problems.
I know: there are so many dovetails out of this that could be taken, but I’ll leave those to you all out there. You can ponder the comforts you’ve put into your life and how you’re responding to them. You can think about the rest of the world and what they may need that you already have. You can think about all the time you spend worrying about things that really, deep down, aren’t important in the least.
And we all need to think about what we might do to help change the rest of the world, instead of changing our little worlds.
See you tomorrow.