Living Today – – Rejoice in the Moment, Always

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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 – “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.”  (Luke 6:23)

The Thought – When a person is battling an unpredictable chronic illness or disability, there will always be time when the illness or disability will toss you a surprise episode and many times at a time that makes other tasks at hand to be tossed aside.

How do we deal with those moments?  Do we get angry and frustrated, which makes the illness or disability the winner – or do we rejoice in the episode and celebrate the positives which come from it, which makes us the winner.

Many folks throughout the world have been celebrating Easter this weekend and Easter is really nothing more than a celebration of a positive that came out of an otherwise horrific act of brutality toward a true man of faith, a man of peace, a man of the people – the positive that the man rose up and within the spirits he lifted himself to victory in order to bring the people hope, faith, love and grace.

So, it is also with our relationship with the chronic illness or disability that we have, while we can for long periods of time travel along in peace and harmony, there will be other times when the distress and concern that same illness or disability can cause a horrific moment of change within our travels, only to simmer down and eventually we find another stretch of times to rejoice in the peace and tranquility that once again joins our life and travels.

If one allows time each day with the Great Spirits, a person can and should eventually find that their time with the Great Spirits is like time with a friend, an older uncle, a parent.  And while each time should be spent thanking the Great Spirits for all that is given to surround us with as we travel our path of life, just as importantly we should be getting off our chest those items in our path that have or are causing great concern and distress.

The thought for today is that no matter what the distress or horrific episode our chronic illness or disability may throw our direction, we must always look to rejoice in the positives of hope, faith, love and grace that lie within those moments as well as the rejoicing we will have after the episode passes.

The Meditation/Prayer – Great Spirits, we always give thanks for the wonders of the world you surround us with as we travel this path of life itself.  We will also praise those wonders, while also continue to look toward you, Great Spirits, for the guidance and wisdom to see the rejoicing even in those distressful times of hurt and pain our chronic illness or disability may cause us.  We will always aim, no matter what the moments our travels may be in, to rejoice in the direction of those four fundamentals of happiness – those being hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – reusable by written permission only)

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Living Today – – Happiness Least Expected

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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 – “Happiness doesn’t always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.” – Dalai Lama

The Thought – What makes you happy?  What are the little things that in an instant can light up your world, put a smile on your face and a glitter of happy in your eyes?

For those of us who fight a sometimes daily or even hourly battle with a disability or chronic illness, sometimes it is very hard to find happiness in our day or even in the hour.

If we look at what the Great Spirits have surrounded us with on this round ball called earth, we can surely find at the minimum several things that will put a smile on our face, a glitter of happy in the eye and a flow of peace within our veins.

I know from my own experiences, that sometimes, finding even the slightest happiness can be a struggle when you are fighting the variety of attitude, emotional and physical challenges that go with battling a chronic illness or disability.

What is important is for us to have our minds open enough that in those times when pursuing happiness is not possible, that we still see and grasp the little things that the Greart Spirits may blow our direction to bring a glitter of happy to our day or even hour.

I find picking up granddaughters after school can provide an instant and many times, a big bubble of unexpected happiness popping all over me with something they may say, do or act.

Here in our ‘Living Today’ postings you will find consistency in our references to finding the bits of happiness around us, thanks to the blessings of the Great Spirits and this wonderful round sphere we survive on called earth.

So while we may get so busy traveling our own path of life by battling our disability or chronic illness, may we never be so busy that at a time we least expect it – that a touch of happiness may find us to give a pinch of hope, faith, love and grace within those battles.

The Meditation/Prayer – Oh Great Spirits, we will always be thanking you for the wonders you surround us with on this little sphere of life we call earth.  At times we get so busy in our own travels of life and our own battles with a disability and chronic illness, that we forget to watch and listen to catch and hear those daily bits of happiness that life throws our way.  Those are the times we, in our meditations/prayers, look to you, Great Spirit, for the guidance and insights needed so that we become unable to miss those unexpected bubbles of happiness thrown our way.  For if we can find those constant bubbles of happiness than we can find the truth of happiness which is brought by hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

Living Today – – Visions of Victories

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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 – “See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  (Isaiah 43:19, NIV)

The Thought – What is it you see ahead of you?  Do you only see the bumps in the road of the past or can you envision the sunny, rainbow filled days ahead?

So many times, especially if you battle daily with a disability or chronic illness, we get caught up in the emotional draining days when life just appears to be much too overwhelming to take even a couple of steps forward into the future.

These are the times when we must keep our eye on the prize, our eye on the positives that surround us in our daily living.

Positives such as family, friends, quality doctors, green grass, blue skies, fluffy clouds, singing birds, flowers to admire and sniff – get my drift, the positives that surround us in each, and every day – and don’t forget we can still breath and as we all know ‘without a breath to take, we are without life itself’.

So, what are the victories that we should be seeing, that may be the question some will be asking.

Those of us with the unknown prospect of having to possible fight a daily battle with our illness or disability, looking for those victories can seem difficult.

Yet for many of those positive reasons already given, we can and should always be looking ahead with the vision on the victories that lie ahead, such as the love of family and friends or maybe a positive, uplifting medical caretaker giving us just a smile and cherry good-morning.

We of us with those known battles lying ahead, it is all the more important reason as to why we must learn and train our thoughts and feelings to constantly be looking at the victories that can await ahead of us as we continue to travel the life path we may be on.

Of course, beyond the visible visions of victories we may be able to see, it is also the invisible vision of victories that we can find when we take the time in our daily meditations/prayers and chats with the Great Spirit.  The close relationship we should have with our Great Spirit can and should always guide us to seeing the vision of victories that lay ahead through hope, faith, love and grace.

Let’s go forth and see daily both the visible and invisible visions of victory found through the visible and invisible hope, faith, love and grace that is offered to us.

The Meditation/Prayer – Great Spirit, we continue to thank you for all the visions of victory you surround us with as we travel life perched on the great gift of earth itself.  We thank you for the people, places and things which are offered to us in our travels to make for a safe and gracious path if we so choose.  As always, Great Spirit, we humbly seek your guidance as we seek to do better at having our vision on the victories that will lay ahead of us, no matter the challenges or battles that we ensue.  We know that with the invisible friendship and teachings of the Great Spirits that we will always have the visible visions of hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

(More ‘Living 4 Today’ writings can be found at either wheezingaway.com or on Facebook at COPD Travels.)

Living Today – – Beware of Falling

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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 – “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.”  (1 Corinthians 10:12, NIV)

The Thought – There are many ways to define falling when it comes to the human life.

Falling could be a worry if you have problems with balance, especially if you are older in years as falling could easily break a bone in the arm, leg or hip – all of which could cause major other health issues as well.

Falling could be a worry if you are fighting an addiction to alcohol or drugs, especially true if you have been clean and/or sober for a period of time and suddenly falling back into a path of drinking or using.

Falling could be a worry if you have a chronic illness or disease, especially if falling means having a set back in your attitude and ability to do what is needed to battle back the illness or disease.

For those with COPD/Asthma it could be forgetting to take the meds needed to keep the lungs breathing properly with having an attack of SoB (Short of Breath).

For those with COPD/Asthma it could be getting out of the routine you may have of eating and exercising, both of which can count significantly toward keeping the possibilities of having a one of those major exacerbation episodes which we all fight to avoid.

Falling when you have health issues could mean being stubborn and not working with those around you, such as family, friends and doctors, to keep you on the path of health instead of a path of a constant roller coaster of issues.

Protect yourself when you are standing strong within the world of your health issues, lean on everybody and everything you can when you feel the slightest tension of pull toward an event or issue that could knock you off the track of keeping the health issue in check.

Most of all, remember that even when others may not be around and you may feel a fight beginning within your own mind – you can always call on the Great Spirits and use the friendship you find in meditations/prayer to regain your focus on the hope, faith, love and grace that is needed to keep yourself strong within your battle.

Never trick yourself into thinking you can get through these battles on your own, always remember that when a struggle or battle begins and you don’t want to fall, be willing to call on the Great Spirits as well as the circle of friends and family that provide care for you to keep you upright.  Always keep the four points of standing within your reach – hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation – Great Spirit, as always, we thank you for all that your surround us with on the gift of earth that you give us to live.  We also thank you for all those who played a part in our travels down the road of life as we have known it.  Great Spirit, we also ask for your continued guidance and support for those times when life gets the best of us and we may feel we are falling.  In our time of meditations may you remind us of the strength you offer when willing to listen to your guidance and friendship.  Great Spirit, we continue to look toward you for directions in those times of falling to guide us back onto the path toward a life full of hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

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Living Today – – Unpredictable

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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 – “Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the seas; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling.”  (Psalm 46:2-3, NIV)

The Thought – When life hits a moment of unpredictability, it is interesting to see how people react because when life does something we do not expect to happen, many times it rocks the foundation that we live our life upon.

In August, it will have been 10 years since this writer lost their mother, gone in just a month after being hospitalized with a mysterious problem which turned out to be a perforated colon.  Gone that quickly, so quick that by the time he was able, to get away to go visit her, she was in and out of a coma.  Thankfully she was aware long enough for him to make amends for many miscues he had put in her life and long enough to declare the importance she was to him and for him to hear the importance and pride that she had of him.

Even though he knew that she was on the edge of life as we know it and the life we have faith in having after leaving this world – the phone call his brother gave him moments after she passed was and always will be one of the roughest moments of his life.  The unpredictability of losing someone so close, someone you count on as a rock of faith – it can and will rock your world.

But shouldn’t we all be prepared for those moments of unpredictability if we are willing to take hold of our life and understand that we can not do it all and be prepared for it all without the guidance and closeness of the great friend we can and should have in the Great Spirits.

For those with a disease or chronic illness, how many predicted the onset of the situation and battle we now face.  True, as we look back we now see many things, places and events that could’ve made the difference in our health and welfare but even if we did how do we know we would not have gotten sick anyway.  The answer is we don’t.

When you throw on top of the constant and unpredictable travels with a chronic illness like COPD/Asthma, the misadventures that can be thrown at you with work, finances, family or mother nature – well life can and will at moments get near overwhelming, and we can and will find ourselves struggling to see the light of hope, faith, love and grace unless we are willing to lean on that one constant, the Great Spirit.

The Great Spirit is a true way to find calm and steadiness in a road of life that can seem so unstable and unpredictable at times.  Never be afraid of leaning on the Great Spirit and the friendship, hope, faith, love and grace that is offered.

The Meditation – Great Spirit, as always, we thank you for all that your surround us with as we continue to travel our own individual path of life.  We are humbled by the events you throw our direction and thank you for the friendship we can share as well as the strength and tenacity of which you help us get through those battles we have with our disabilities and illnesses.  Great Spirit, when we unpredictably find a bump in our road, we look to you for the guidance we need so we can continue a path that leads to a life full of hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

Living Today – – Desire Growth

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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 – “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”  (Hebrews 5: 12-14, NIV)

The Thought – Often, those who fight a daily battle with a disability or chronic illness get so caught up in living for just today, that we forget to continue our growth as a person and as a person of knowledge when it comes to our disability or chronic illness.

We get so busy battling our illness or disability that we forget that we should always be in a growth mode as life is constantly changing and becoming another learning lesson.

Our growth should always continue for more than just working on overcoming our situation itself, but to also grow within ourselves to be the person the Great Spirit wants us to be.

Beyond our illness or disability, we need to continue working on us, finding the path for which we can best use our strengths and abilities.

For instance, if you are very good at a foreign language, maybe you can continue to grow that ability by not only studying the language some more but maybe to reach out beyond your own life and help others that may be interested in learning the language.

Do you have an ability to make kids happy, calm, interested – then grow that ability by working with kids, because we all know kids that need mentoring and how much more satisfying can it get than to work with a kid for even a short period of time, and then be blessed with their friendship for life.

If you fill unfulfilled in the heart, mind or spirit – don’t let your disability or illness get in the way of growth, take some classes on subjects of interest or for the heart and spirit, join a study involving faith and reality of the Great Spirit.

Once there was a line that rolled off the tongue and heard by so many that made a reference to ‘a person will wither if they do not continue to learn’, and that is so very true.  Physically, if we do not keep working the muscles and tendons our bodies will become limp, weak and soft.  So too is our mind, heart and spirit – if we do not continue to work at growing the mind, heart and spirit then life will just wither away and we will only finish unfulfilling the abilities the Great Spirit instilled within us, but we will also finish out life without finding hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation – Great Spirit, we thank you for all that surrounds us as we continue our travels of life.  We thank you for giving us the strength and tenacity to get through those battles we have with our disabilities or illnesses.  Great Spirit, let us watch for guidance so that we may find those opportunities in life that we can use to grow our minds, hearts and spirit.  May we use those opportunities to help us grow beyond our outer appearance and battles so that we can not only find, but share the joys of hope, faith, love and grace.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

Living Today – – Do Not Judge the Cover

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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 judge, and you will not be judged.  Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  (Luke 6:37 NIV)

The Thought – As those of us who fight a daily battle with a disability or chronic illness, some of us know more than others what it is like to be judged because maybe our disability or illness is not clearly visible.

As one with COPD/Asthma, I know my chronic illness is not visible and most days I look perfectly normal.  This means that many times when I may park in a handicapped space at the store, people will check me over as I get out and walk into the store.  My disability is invisible unless you get close enough to hear my struggle to get full breaths after walking or trying to do anything very physical.

Sometimes it annoys me, most times it does not, because I feel it is more their problem than it is mine, though it took me awhile to reach that point.

The important thing is that those of us traveling our life path with an invisible illness or disability must be sure to not return the attitude toward others – especially those who seem to be judging us.

Only the Great Spirit know what may be going on in everyone’s life as we know it and just as we do not like to be judged, we must guard ourselves from doing the same.

We must treat all with the same hope, faith, love and grace that we would appreciate from others, even those who cheat and take up a handicapped space when they may not be so themselves.

By not judging the cover that we see of others, we raise ourselves to a higher standard and by doing so we accept that what we are battling and that will make our travel of life easier day to day.

Only we alone can understand what is to have our cover judged, so it is we alone, with guidance from the Great Spirit, that can show how to not pass judgment on others while instead shower others with signs of hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation – Oh Great Spirit, we thank you for what all surrounds me as we travel our path of life.  We look to you for guidance and strength so that we may not judge others when we may not have had the opportunity to look beyond the cover that we may see as they pass by our path of life.  Great Spirit we request the strength to not judge others, even as they may be judging us, and irregardless as to whether we are battling our own battles, may we shower all that cross our path of life with the refreshing attitude that bring to them the signs of hope, faith, love and grace.