Sometimes when one is fighting/battling a chronic illness and/or disability they will find themselves in routines which are not always geared toward success but geared toward minimal survival.
I have found myself, several times over the past few years, doing much more of the latter than the former and even though I would realize it, it seemed to be hard to shake the ‘routine’.
But the past few weeks I have found some much needed successes and satisfactions in my ability to break the ‘routine’ a bit and move forward. This breaking of the ‘routine’ as such has brought three big successes while hoping to build my stamina up for a prize at the end of the month.
A couple of the successes apparently were mentioned in my most previous ‘Lenny & Me 4 Today’, so I apologize for the talking about them again, but I am pleased with myself for getting them accomplished.
Two weeks back we spent a four-day stretch of our week (my wife, myself and our puppy Frosty Lou) trying to maneuver around displaced furniture as we bought some luxury vinyl flooring and hired someone to rip out our dingy old green carpet and install the new flooring.
So, for four days one-fourth of our bedroom, the living room, dining room and short hallway had furniture moved out, carpet ripped up, floor leveled out, new flooring installed, and furniture put back in place.
With the new vinyl flooring we hope it relieves me of some of my allergy issues while making it easier for cleanup when and if the puppy does have an accident. It also makes the house feel and look much brighter and lighter.
After the flooring was put in and we took a few days to recuperate from the mess and cleanup, my wife and I (more the wife than me to be honest) went through the built-in cabinets of the living room and dusted off everything while rearranging the set up and finding things we have no longer a need for which we now need to decide what to do with.
One cupboard we delved into was full of board and card games, some of which the boxes were broken and not all the parts were available which meant instant trip to the trash. Some other games we gave away to a local thrift shop while three games (Scatagories, Taboo, and Trivial Pursuit 1980’s) were set aside to see if others might want as all were in pristine condition but we just never played.
Now we have left ourselves with a few games to hopefully make more use of including ‘word-a-round’, chess, checkers, dominoes, and a few other card type games.
We took an older stereo and replaced it with a smaller, sleeker one while also beginning to go through some other items like a vintage tin lunchbox which we hope to sell somewhere.
The final accomplishment I made was the finishing of my book ‘Living Today – 40 Writings of Comfort for those Battling a Chronic Illness and/or Disability’.
Now available on amazon.com in kindle, paperback and hardback, it can be found under my pen name of Will Dursens.
I am pleased with how the book turned out, and as I self-publish more, I become more comfortable with the books turning out well and proper for the readers.
The book is simply 40 writings of comfort that start with a ‘Voice from the Word’ where I share a verse from the bible or a word of wisdom from others; ‘Time for Some Thought’ where I shared my take on the topic of the writing; and then finish up with a ‘Moment of Meditation/Prayer’.
Among the topics looked at in the 40 presentations are ‘Holding Your Spirit Strong’, ‘The Desire of Hope’, ‘Not Being Perfect’, ‘Weeds of Life’, ‘When We do Not Understand’, ‘Inner Strength’, ‘Praising and Listening No Matter What’ and ending with ‘Regenerating You’.
Finally, at the end of July I am scheduled to take a six-day road trip with my daughter, her husband, my 16-year-old grandson and his friend, to Branson for three/four days of sightseeing, family time and relaxing.
My wife will not be going with us as she needs to be home watching the youngest of our 16-year-old grandsons and the puppy.
It will be my first extended trip since a trip to a family reunion in the Black Hills two summers ago that ended up a disaster due to my lung issues acting up.
For now, this is where ‘Lenny’ and I are for today.
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With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings, and steady breathing – Mr. William.
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