In the past few weeks I’ve been plagued by what I call “first-world problems”. What I’m referring to are the inconveniences that slow down my productivity and/or take away some modern comfort that I’ve grown accustomed to. Here’s the current list: the in-door water dispenser in my refrigerator kept freezing. The uninterrupted power source that runs my office equipment died, setting off continuous high-pitched alarms. The screen on my cell phone went black, never to be operational again. And the computer in the dash of my car prompted me to install an update, after which the satellite radio no longer works, my cell phone (even the replacement that was just delivered) will not sync with the car, and the screen keeps prompting me to “see dealer” because the car detects a malfunction.
Yes, these are what I call first-world problems – the silly and unimportant, yet frustrating problems that arise in my modern daily life. No judgement please – just being real. So here’s another real statement about myself: my relationship with all things techie and electronic is a volatile one. In other words, me and office equipment don’t always get along. Either they need to function properly (as if they have human traits and should be able to control themselves), or they’re going to have their reset button pressed (numerous times), or they’re going to simply be replaced. There’s also a slight chance they’re going to be tapped on, banged on, or shaken vigorously (by this human who should be able to control herself) in an effort to fix the problem. Again, no judgement please. I am confident that I am not alone in this.
As I am moving forward and working to solve my current techie problems, I’m wondering in what other areas of my life do I need to press the reset button or simply replace? When I was without a working cell phone, I spent the weekend unplugged, which reminded me of a goal I set earlier this year to avoid the trap of being continuously connected electronically. My work piled up as I spent several days offline, but I must admit, even with the amount of work I had to catch up on, the freedom of the unplugged time was absolutely worth it! Now that I’m back up and running with a working cell phone and an office full of functioning devices, I’m finding myself looking for areas in my life that need adjusting – whether it’s hitting the reset button or replacing something altogether.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far: First, I need to hit reset on my attitude EVERY SINGLE MORNING, which means I’m sitting quietly and reading Scripture first thing, before everything else starts demanding my attention. Second, I need to replace my anxious thoughts with God’s promises of peace and joy; therefore, I am setting boundaries in my work schedule and trusting Him with my to-do list. And finally, I need to reset my connectedness regularly to make sure I’m avoiding the digital trap. By the way, the refrigerator has been replaced because I really, really like cold, filtered water, and I’m continuing to learn about patience because my car’s computer can only be replaced after a new one is built for my specific car, which apparently takes some time. Oh well, like I said – first-world, silly, unimportant, inconveniences. Now it’s your turn: what needs to be reset or replaced in your life?
Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and is a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.