Reflections--Balance  The thing I like best about a new year is it can be used as a clean slate, fresh start for nearly anything I so choose within my life travels.

Stability in my battle with COPD is high on that list of fresh starts and hopefully get it right this year.

Granted some other health issues and a major move of residency were two pretty good reasons to why my year did not go as I had hoped or planned, but both those issues have been worked on, dealt with and in a place to make stability a touch easier this next year.

Building stability with our personal battle with COPD is or should be a very high priority and building that stability sometimes may mean something simple like a routine.

One thing I do know about my COPD is that when I have a somewhat regular routine and stick to that routine most every day – my well-being feels much better.

For instance every morning the first thing on my agenda is to get on my nebulizer to help clear up my breathing chamber from any congestion that developed overnight.  When I do that I know my day will get started with some solid, clear breathing.

A couple of items I have tried in the past, but like most humans fumbled somewhere along the way, will be put forth as priorities to do and do daily.

For one, start every day with a solid look in the mirror then give myself a big smile and reminder that if I concentrate on my breathing and the day around me, then I will have a greater chance of keeping things somewhat under control.

Secondly, commit myself to learning 1 aspect about my COPD every week and putting that information to work within my COPD battle or share it with others who may find use of the same informational aspect of COPD.

Thirdly, before bed – last thing before kissing the wife good night and placing my head on that pillow – I will commit to remembering and writing down 2 things for which I am very thankful for.  The writing down is important because it gives a person something to look back at on those days that get dark and dreary, plus the goal of putting it in writing is you can keep track of that for which you are thankful for and will not repeat any ring of thanks for at least 30-days.

So again I will try and finish up with a couple of questions to ponder.

Do you have a routine to bring and/or keep stability in your battle with your COPD?

Do you understand the importance of being thankful each and every day for those many things positive in your life travels?

Remember always that without breathing, a person is without life itself.

A personal reminder – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.

With that I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.

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