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 daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”  (2 Corinthians 1:7, NIV)

The Thought – Many times when we are traveling along the road of chronic illness, we find ourselves just wanting to be alone, whether it be during a travel of suffering or a travel of good times, we just feel like being along to ourselves.

Yes, there are many moments in which that is a good thing.  But we must also recognize the importance of sharing both the good times and those times of suffering or frustration, because without sharing those who surround us in our travels of life will not understand just what the chronic illness is doing to ourselves and the life we work hard at living.

When we get face-to-face with the ‘Great Spirits’ we find sharing is an important tool to helping find and keep the four fundamentals of life and happiness within our grasp of everyday living – those being hope, faith, love and grace.  Without sharing several of those four fundamentals can and will be difficult to keep a hold of.

And if asked, yes – sharing can and will open yourself up to pain and ridicule from and by those who still do not or will not work on understanding your chronic illness and all that it entails.  But without sharing we also do not allow those same folks to have the opportunity to either understand and work with you as you travel the road of life that has the companionship of chronic illness.

So even in those days that our mind and even our heart may be saying, ‘I want to be alone’, we must remember that many times those days are the most important ones to share with others as those are the days which the ‘Great Spirits’ may open up the avenue of compassion from others to fully understand what we deal with in our travels with the companionship of chronic illness.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we look to you, the ‘Great Spirits’, for guidance and wisdom – may we always remember to first give thanks for all that surrounds us in our travels of life and that is thanks for not just the good and wonderful, but also for the bad and painful, for we learn from them all.  ‘Great Spirits’ we seek guidance and wisdom to always be willing to share our travels with others, with the hopes that by sharing they may better understand our travel companion we call chronic illness.  We also continue to seek and understand the values of the four fundamentals of life and happiness – those being hope, faith, love and grace, with the realization of just what each bring to our life and travels.  So we step forward into our day with continued thanks and appreciation for your guidance, wisdom and understanding.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

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