Let’s take a moment for that quick reminder, ‘Lenny’ is the name I have given my constant companion called COPD/Asthma. Naming my constant health companion seems to make it easier for me to relate to dealing with my disease, it has become my companion instead of a nasty enemy. Like any companion, ‘Lenny’ does not always behave, but ‘Lenny’ does do better when I can take care of it the best I can.
So now that we have caught up, let’s see where ‘Lenny’ and I are for today.
Have you ever just felt disgusted with a situation or a person, sometimes to the point of feeling contempt for that person or situation.
Contempt can be a very nasty thought process to get caught up in. Contempt can be literally dangerous to your state of mind and even your health and welfare.
While checking a variety of dictionary style definitions, the word contempt can be summarized as meaning ‘disapproval tinged with disgust, disdain or feeling that a person or thing is beneath one’s dignity and unworthy of notice, respect or concern’.
Lately I have had a real challenge with that feeling of contempt toward several situations and/or people. Like a recent posting about change, this is a subject which I may visit several times as contempt and change are both traits in my life that challenge me.
Recently I went through a four or five-day period where ‘Lenny’ was acting up just enough to make my day seem a little miserable, which in turn put my attitude in frustration mode. It was the kind of uncomfortable that made me find the feeling of contempt start to rise regarding my relationship with the constant companion I refer to as ‘Lenny’.
After four years of learning to live and deal with the diagnosis of COPD, I have become aware of the fact that attitude and feelings can and will have a say on how ‘Lenny’ behaves and how well we will get along on any day.
When I start to get contemptuous with my COPD/Asthma, ‘Lenny’ seems to act up and remind me that ‘like it or not’ we are attached at the lungs for life.
Feeling disgusted with my COPD/Asthma and the problems it may cause, or the events it may make me miss, I fully understand that instead of contempt toward the disease for which I am battling it is much easier to deal with it nearly like just another person that is in my life – kind of like family or best friends.
Contempt in nearly every situation, issue or relationship will end up in the long run causing more problems than solutions.
Contempt it seems can almost be called a part of human nature and like any part of human nature, an individual can and should take notice of it, talk to it, deal with it and most of all get over it – because having contempt for anything will eventually cause nothing much more than more issues and more issues about anything is not what most of us really need.
So, for today, when I find myself becoming disgusted with or find disdain for my companion ‘Lenny’ it is a must that I stop and look at what is causing those feelings of contempt, while searching for any of the ways I can to dissipate those feelings before they become an issue of themselves.
Controlling my moments of contempt toward ‘Lenny’ helps me, my family, my medical family and my life roll along at a much better pace.
And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ (my COPD/Asthma) and me are at 4 today.
As always – 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.
Remember – a person without breathing is a person without life itself.
I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer and more medical founded information.