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 – “” How can a man be born when he is old,” Nicodemus asked.  “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born……Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit, gives birth to spirit.”” (John 3:4,6; NIV)

The Thought – Previously we discussed ‘regenerating’ our lives and so we discuss it again because it holds much importance in our lives, the lives we now live tied to the companion we call a chronic illness or disability.

So many when they get into a situation of major change, can just recoil and carry on as if they have been defeated by the change, by the new companionship of a life we did not bargain for or expect.

But life is life and no matter how much we think we can direct our future, whether it be a few years, a few months, a few weeks, a few hours or even just a few minutes ahead of where we are – we cannot direct it with any certainty.

What we do know as fact is that yesterday was yesterday and is now gone, behind us with nothing more than memories and evaluation, while today is today and we can only help determine the moments we are in.

This is where those of us that travel a path of life with the companionship of chronic illness or disability, find us not any different than those who battle drug or alcohol addictions in that only we and our work with our own belief in the ‘Great Spirits’ can make the changes necessary to be able to enjoy, appreciate and prosper in the moments that we have.

Throughout life most of us don’t even realize the number of times we have had to change our path, our conception of the good and bad of the day we are in.  When we went from toddler to child – we changed.  When we went from child to young adult (or as some call it – the terrible teens) – we changed.  When we went from young adult to adulthood – we changed.

All those changes came as the path we traveled was adjusted to account for new routines, new expectations and new responsibilities – we were in many ways, born again each time.

As the reality of having to accept the constant new companionship of a chronic illness or disability came upon us, we must remember that while many others may have slipped away from their responsibility of standing by us as family or friends – we will always have the presence of the ‘Great Spirits’ and the constant role of friend, mentor and spiritual leader they supply as we make the adjustments needed.

So, let us lean on our daily time with the ‘Great Spirits’ and soak in those quiet times of their companionship to seek and find the wisdom and appreciation of the positives to being born again under the role of companionship with our chronic illness and/or disability, while continuing to seek to solidify our four fundamentals of happiness and life – hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we take this quiet time with you, ‘Great Spirits’, we seek your mentoring and moments of wisdom to help us be born once again along this path of life for which we travel.  As we say thank you for all the wonders that you surround us with, may we also say thank you for the many times your guidance and wisdom has helped pull us through our various rebirth’s in life.  May we, with your help, complete the work needed with attitudes, perception and expectations to be reborn once again to the wonders ahead with the companionship of a chronic illness and/or disability.  And may we realize that despite the changes being made, that all will be well if we count on holding on to the four fundamentals of happiness and life – those being hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

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