Champagne Problems

Last week we had tickets to the Meghan Trainor concert.  Neither of us are huge fans but my husband thought it would be something fun to do and after being in Nashville, we remembered how fun it is to attend live music events.  It was a fun and energetic concert (although we were surprised that most of her fans are young girls, and their mothers).  One song that she sang was called “Champagne Problems” which got me thinking that so many things I complain about are not really problems.

I got champagne problems, champagne problems
So pour a glass and let’s drink up all my champagne problems
I got champagne problems, champagne problems
So pour a glass and let’s drink up all my champagne problems

Can’t believe my Uber’s late again
Gon’ be late for dinner with my friends
These shoes hurt so bad, can’t feel my toes
And I forgot my jacket back at home

 Think about the things you complain about.  Are they really worth complaining?  Are they worth expending energy?  I noticed this week the things I complain about.  I complained that it was Monday.  I complained that I had to go to work.  I complained that it was dark when my alarm went off.  I complained that I was tired.  I complained that Target only had one register open, so people would be forced to use the new self-checkout lanes.  I complained that I had to wait for over 10 minutes for my drink at Starbucks. I complained that it was hot and that we needed rain and then I complained when it did rain. I complained that the weekend was too short and I did not have time to do the things that I had really wanted to do.

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All of these complaints are “champagne problems.”  I have it pretty good. Instead of complaining I am going to turn those complaints into prayers of gratitude.  Language is an amazing thing.  Imagine instead of voicing a complaint you instead voiced a blessing.   I am thankful that I have a job to go to that pays me money that helps us pay for our house and our food and the occasional frivolous purchase.  I am lucky that I have a Starbucks on the way to the office and money to buy a drink and a few minutes to just people watch while waiting.  I am so happy it is summer, the sun is shining, the grass is green and I do not have to wear a coat to go outside.

My new Wi-Fi doesn’t seem to work
No, no internet, that’s the worst
And my iPhone always seems to die
Right before I hit reply

But I can’t complain at all
No no, life’s too short for that
(Life’s too short for that) no, I can’t complain at all
(Life’s too short for that)

I got champagne problems, champagne problems
So pour a glass and let’s drink up all my champagne problems
I got champagne problems, champagne problems
So pour a glass and let’s drink up all my champagne problems

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This would be a much better way to approach the day.  We know that we are all going to complain about some things.  Life is just that way and sometimes it does make you feel better to voice a complaint., but so many of those are trivial and mere annoyances.  It would be so much more worthwhile to use that energy to express gratitude.  In a pinch, though,  just pour yourself a glass of champagne and have a drink to all your “Champagne problems.” –June

 

 

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