Living Today – – Making a Proper Plan

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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 – “Do not those who plot evil go astray?  But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.”  (Proverbs 14:22, NIV)

The Thought – For us to fulfill our destiny we all need to have a plan, a roadmap to get us from here to there.

We discuss the Great Spirit and how it will give you guidance in doing what is right and planning your future adventures based on the spirit of hope, faith, love and grace.

Those of us with a chronic illness or disability, the idea of planning for the future can appear to be overwhelming, especially if you have an illness or disability that literally can hang on the phrase ‘one day at a time’.

Yet that very same chronic battle or situation you may be in, is exactly why you should and must keep a plan, a roadmap for the days ahead and it must include a positive attitude with piles of love, faith and hope.

Just because you have an illness or disability does not mean you can’t be a very productive individual for family, friends and society to appreciate for whatever the attitude you may bring to the day or moment.

Make use of your best abilities to give hope, faith and grace to the life that surrounds you.  Whether that be volunteer work, crafts, mentoring, tutoring, mechanical, musical, writing or whatever it may be that you find is your most endearing ability or gift to give.

So, plan the path of life ahead of you by using your ability or gift as the head of the adventure, while always basing the plan/adventure on the foundation of hope, faith, love and grace.

By doing so, by making plans, you will find that the Great Spirit will give you the guidance to do good with all of life that surrounds you while also finding that your own battle with a chronic illness or disease will be easier to battle due to the plans you have made.

The Meditation – Oh Great Spirit, as I thank you for all that makes up the world that surrounds me, I also understand that to make plans for my future, I must lean on your friendship and guidance to help keep my mind fresh, my motives positive and my body fresh and renewed.  I look forward to seeking and finding your guidance for all that may lie ahead in this adventure I call life and feel assured that the Great Spirit will give me the strength to make plans and stick with them so that both myself and others can and will be refreshed in life through hope, faith, love and grace.

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Lenny & Me 4 Today – Hope

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For a variety of reasons the back half of 2016 fell into a vast empty stage of limbo for myself and my persistent sidekick ‘Lenny’.

Let’s take a moment for a short reminder, not only for many of the readers out there who may truly be reading this – but also for me, to remind myself of the commitment I made a while back to myself and those other folks who are battling that nasty medical situation called COPD and Asthma.

Let me start with just who I am and who ‘Lenny’ is.

I am a guy stuck in the middle of the United States with late Stage III COPD and Severe Asthma.  The asthma part I have had all my life, the COPD diagnosis came a few months after I survived a ‘widow maker’ heart attack.  I am happily married to a lady who gives and takes a lot for me, and I am blessed by 11 grandkids.

Now ‘Lenny’, well that is the name for which I gave my COPD – it just seemed to be an easier way to deal with my disease, by making it more of a constant companion than a nasty enemy.  As a companion, I seem to be able to deal with it much better, at least most of the time.

For a long time I wrote consistently on my blog ‘Wheezing Away’ as kind of a therapy for dealing with my COPD and Asthma.  ‘Wheezing Away’ is my way to cope with not being able to work anymore in my choice of work, the food service industry.

I also began writing because I figured that maybe, just maybe whatever I bang out of the keyboard would hopefully hit a chord with someone, somewhere – the opportunity to remind others that they are not alone, the HOPE of touching others in the same similar boat battling the same similar disease.

So here I am, the beginning of 2017, once again sharing where I am at and maybe how I may or may not be in dealing with life and my own travels with COPD/Asthma.

HOPE is a big word with few letters.  One of the longer references to a definition for the word comes from that hot internet spot called Wikipedia.

In Wikipedia they describe hope as “an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: ‘expect with confidence’ and ‘to cherish a desire with anticipation’.

HOPE is what I use instead of those nasty things called resolutions that so many try to make at the beginning of a new year, only to have them falter or fail all together within a month, week, day or sometimes even minutes.

HOPE is what I use, because it seems more optimistic and I really to try to be and stay optimistic.

HOPE is what I need, sometimes on a daily basis when I am home alone fighting a day of SOB (short of breath) and can’t do much without making it worse.

HOPE is what I want since my latest spirometry test showed at least one of my four functions tested as having gained 17% in less normal function.

HOPE is what I look toward as I continue to fight a weight issue, one which most likely help my dealings with ‘Lenny’ but seemingly so hard to battle, especially during those periods of time when my breathing can make it difficult to exercise like I should or would like.

HOPE is what will keep me going in 2017, as I refresh my motivation for sharing my daily travels with COPD/Asthma, hoping that I once again can help others by letting them know they are not alone.

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.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)

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.

Prayer/Meditation – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(September 23)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

Prayer is much more

Than just asking for things –

It’s the peace and contentment

That quietness brings.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayers or removed his steadfast love from me.”  (Psalms 66:20)

THE HOPE – on this day, remember to take time to experience prayers and/or meditation by finding quiet time to just let the world wait while you rest with just you and God, for then you will find truth’s that reside within your heart as the silent solitude can and will enrich your day and within true prayers/meditations you should find calm within yourself as well.  (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

Disappointment – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(September 8)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

When life becomes a problem

Much too great for you to bear,

Instead of trying to escape,

Just withdraw in prayer.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from the all, he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.”  (Psalms 34: 19-20, NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day, remember that disappointment will pop up along life’s travels whether we ask it to or not.  For those who fight the daily battles of a chronic disease/illness, disappointments are seemingly just part of the path we are traveling, so when an unexpected one pops up from family, friends, circumstances or whatever it can be an extra downer for our day, week or month.

The important thing to do his rely on our faith and hope that it will get better and that it could always be worse (don’t forget we all die eventually) and for right now that disappointment is really nothing more than a little bump in the road, an irritating grain of sand in the eye or mouth….it is just that a brief downer in which in most cases had nothing to do with what your were or are doing – it just happened.  In the scheme of life, brush it off – pray about it, set the disappointment free – and most of all, move on. (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

Doubt – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(September 6)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

Teach us, dear God,

That the power of prayer

Is made stronger

By placing the world in Your care!

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”  (James 1:6 NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day, remember to diminish doubt while working on increasing your faith, for doubt can and will play games within your mind, heart and soul.  With faith, we who have any kind of chronic illness  can find that much needed hope for a better tomorrow – but if doubt slips into the traffic of your day you must for your own livelihood find an optional direction to regain faith over doubt as doubt will most likely keep you from fulfilling the wonders of your trip in life while faith will always keep you walking forward in faith that all will be good. (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

Renewal – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(August 25)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

You are ushering in another day,

Untouched and freshly new,

So here I come to ask you, God,

If you’ll renew me too.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”  (Psalms 51:10)

THE HOPE – on this day, remember that every day is like a new glob of clay or an empty canvas just waiting to see what we can design and form into for the day ahead.  So what happened yesterday, or even the days before that, is all be gone – faded into what we call our past – and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it ever again (except for maybe an apology or two if needed).  So treat every morning as if your life is being renewed and realize that you and your choices are what make that renewal happen into whatever the day becomes. (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)

Words and Work – – TODAY’S THOUGHT, WORD AND HOPE

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(August 19)

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What better way to share with others who share the daily battle and frustrations with COPD/Asthma than by passing on some daily words and thoughts that bring hope and renewal, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

So take, read, meditate and hopefully find some hope to attach to your faith for today – – – – –

A DAILY THOUGHT, SPIRITUAL WORD & HOPE FOR TODAY!!

THE THOUGHT – from Helen Steiner Rice:

Success is a mixture of good, hard work,

Good humor, good luck and good sense,

And the little tasks of each day well done,

Will bring their own recompense.

THE SPIRITUAL WORD:

“From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.”  (Proverbs 12:14 NIV)

THE HOPE – on this day remember that even within the battle of an illness there will be days where our words may only be a good as the work we do, for good words of hope and faith can only become real when blended well with the works that go with them.  So while you may speak the good words of a better day tomorrow, the better day will only come if and when you put the work needed to fulfill the words of your hope and faith for better days ahead.  (Billy Dursens)

(Copyright@2016, CrossDove Writer)