Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your day as I have within mine…..

The Word – “Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.” (Dalai Lama)

The Thought – How many can say when they were younger their game plan for life included getting a chronic illness or disability that would turn your daily world upside down?

We didn’t think so, as I am not sure I have ever met anybody who could say that the health and life battles they were fighting had been in the game plan they set forth on so many years past.

While most folks can go to bed at night with an idea of what lies ahead for tomorrow as far as work, play, relationships, health and welfare.  Not so for those who fight battles with a chronic illness or disability, as those folks can have a plan but within that plan they must place a possibility of it getting sidetracked if their illness or disease flares up.

Despite having a chronic illness or disability, we should still be making plans for the day, week, month or even year or years ahead.

One of the reasons for making plans is to keep the positive out ahead of us, for instance this writer has been planning for several weeks to drive four hours to visit a daughter, son-in-law and youngest grandkid – a real positive motivator to watch what I was doing for a solid two weeks so that I would not set myself up for any flare ups of my COPD/Asthma that may keep me from making the trip.

But then again, of course the weather changed and yes, this writer is struggling just a bit, but there is the reason for making sub-plans within your plans just to cover episodes such as these.

A good way to plan ahead is to take the time to share your needs and hopes with the Great Spirits and check in as the friendship you should have with them should also produce some guidance and influence as to how to make those plans while always looking toward each day with the goal of getting through it with the four fundamentals of a positive life – hope, faith, love and grace.

What is the plan you have for the rest of today, tomorrow, next week or even the next year?  Do you have a necessary plan that will hold up a positive mark ahead to guide you – like a visit with a family member or good friend.

Always build the plan with that positive goal and yet be humble enough to make sub-plans to give you guidance for any unexpected flare up of your illness or disability – it just makes common sense.

The Meditation/Prayer – Great Spirits, as we always come to you in wonder and praises for the world you have surrounded us with on the sphere of life we call earth – we also come to you as a close friend seeking advice, guidance and wisdom as to how to make a positive plan for the road ahead while reminding us to lean on your friendship when those ugly flare ups of illness or disability throw a bump or two on that road.  May our daily times with you, Great Spirits, continue to led us in the direction of a positive life filled with those four fundamentals of happy times – hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

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