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Subject:First World Problems
Time:11:17 pm
A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend on my way to work. He found a house that he fell in love with and has been trying to buy it as his second house, but circumstances have conspired to make that unlikely-- the appraisal came in way low, the seller won't budge, and he doesn't want to fork out the extra cash. So because he can't get a big enough mortgage, he's not going to get the house.

A little while later, I was describing some chaos and stupidity that I was dealing with at work. It was nothing really phenomenal, just the usual snafus and them not being handled as well as they could have.

"You know", I said, "We have such first-world problems."

"What do you mean?"

"We have roofs over our heads, we never worry about where our next meal is coming from, we have good if sometimes annoying medical care... really, our lives are pretty good and our problems are small."

"Yeah, you're right."

A few days later he called me. "You've really changed my outlook on life. Whenever I start bitching about something, I just shake my head and say 'first world problems' and that puts it into perspective for me."

He called today as my plane was boarding. I started grumbling about being stuck in the back of the plane, not even economy+, and the transcontinental flight was full. His response was simply "first world problems." And he was totally right.

Try it sometime. The next time you start complaining about something, look in the mirror and say "first world problems" to yourself.
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rhiannonstone
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Time:2010-12-12 07:27 am (UTC)
And if you're musically-inclined, there's a song!
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heronymus_waat
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Time:2010-12-12 08:00 am (UTC)
This is actually a trending hashtag on Twitter, for a while. I've used it myself, non-ironically, in fact.

And yes, it's a serious tool for re-framing the issues.
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tiurin
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Time:2010-12-12 08:05 am (UTC)
Works pretty well for financial stuff, as well as a bunch of other things. Probably doesn't help so much with crap like a messy breakup/divorce or having ambitions crushed though.
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rmd
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Time:2010-12-12 12:30 pm (UTC)
I usually prepend "petty", because mine are not just first world problems, they're PETTY FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

While I'm not in that gazillionaire top 2%, compared to most of America I'm pretty well-off -- I'm easily in the top quarter. I am not currently facing any health crisis and can afford preventative health care to try and catch a potential third round of cancer before it gets out of hand. So, yeah, it's good to remember that while my problems are annoying, I'm pretty well covered on the whole hierarchy of needs.
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loser_variable
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Time:2010-12-12 01:34 pm (UTC)
I concur 100%. But my magic phrase is "harden the fuck up."
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wild_irises
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Time:2010-12-12 10:33 pm (UTC)
Word.
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dd_b
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Time:2010-12-13 12:16 am (UTC)
We call them "Champagne problems"; we use it about the same way you do.
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2010-12-13 10:00 am (UTC)
I tend to think of it in terms of history, not geography. My uncomfortable plane trip east, for example, was lightened by my awareness of the troubles the Donner Party had coming the other way.

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