Living-4-Today – – Strong Like a Tree

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

The Word – “He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”  (The Bible: Jeremiah 17:8, NIV)

The Thought – As hard as it may seem, especially when fighting battles like COPD and/or severe Asthma, the goal we must strive for is to be solid and strong like a large tree.

When you think about a solid, tall majestic tree in your yard or neighborhood, do you not think of the protection it supplies with shade in the hot of the summer and the number of branches it uses to provide and protect those many squirrels, birds and such from weather and life.

We too need to become like a solid, majestic tree that keeps its roots planted deep and steady to the foundation of earth.  Hold steady in your pursuit to find the solutions needed to help overcome any heavy winds of issues that may try and knock you over or completely down.

We too need to become protectors, using our branches of love, hope, faith and grace to protect those around us in our travels of life, showing them the strength we have in working to overcome and endure the battles we face in our own individual travels with COPD and/or severe asthma.

While being strong can on many days seem like an impossible task – it is our own showing of strength and endurance with our own battles that can shine onto others and give them the hope and faith to overcome theirs.

How do we stay strong and majestic like a tree, giving security to those around us – we do it by spending time with the ‘Great Spirits’ in quiet times of listening and speaking, thanking the ‘Great Spirits’ for all they have given us, while listening in silence to the wisdom and guidance bestowed on us to reach the strength found in the four fundamentals of life and happiness, those being of hope, faith, love and grace.

Step up, be strong and envelope others within your world like a large branch offering protection from the elements of life by being secure with your own life, holding your feet firmly to the ground like the strong roots of an Oak tree and protect those around you with the elements of hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we enter our quiet time of meditation, our time to spend conversing and listening to you, ‘Great Spirits’, we say thank you for all that you surround us with in our daily travels of life – and yes we even thank you for those battles we fight as we know they will make us stronger.  Today we seek continued guidance in the four fundamentals of life and happiness – hope, faith, love and grace, so that we may be stronger and more enduring for those around us who also may be suffering with us during those battles.  We look forward to those days when we can share, prepare and protect all those within our world, just as you, ‘Great Spirits’ protect us.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

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Living-4-Today – – Body Healing

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

The Word – “This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”  (Proverbs 3:8, NIV)

The Thought – One thing that is true for many with a chronic illness and/or disability, they do not take advantage of their own human body to help in healing, and that seems especially true when it comes to the emotions tied to the chronic illness and/or disability.

Over my many years I have heard many say, “turn to the ‘Great Spirits’ for wisdom and guidance to overcome your despairs.”  And while that may be very truthful, it is also necessary to use our own healing abilities to work as well and until we take the time and find the courage to try them, many of us may never know what healing can be done with just our own mind and body.

I remember hearing or reading about using your body to change your mood, and since my realization of living out my human form of life with a chronic illness, I have also found that there is much truth to that statement.

It is invigorating to come to the realization that when I was feeling the most despair over both my own situation as well as those of close family and friends, my body was not doing its part as well – I was not taking care of the mechanical functioning part of my life.

To many this may sound strange, but it is truth – having been established by both physical scientists as well as psychiatrists and students of the human personality.  They have found that when you get into despair the best thing to do is push the body back into functionality as best you can.

Are you in despair today, then try this – stand up straight, stretch your body, take a deep breath or two, throw your shoulders back, lift your chin up, open your eyes wide and say to yourself aloud “Great Spirits fill me with strength to carry forward into this day and zap me with wisdom of hope, faith, love and the feeling of grace.  Close your eyes and slowly reach toward the sky as best you can while taking another slow, deep breath – hold it for the count of five and slowly return your arms to your side while letting your deep breath out slowly.

Now open the eyes and take another slow, deep cleansing type of breath and tell me – did you feel your mood change, can you feel the tingle of hope and the smile of faith that all will be okay because you are doing your best and with the help of the ‘Great Spirits’ and the healing power of your own body, the four fundamentals of life and happiness, which are hope, faith, love and grace, will come forth within your travels and battles.

The Meditation/Prayer –  Oh ‘Great Spirits’, we can’t help but smile and feel joy when giving you gratitude for all the positives that your surround us with in our travels of this time on earth we call life.  We say thank you for giving us the guidance and wisdom of knowing that much of our healing over despair, hurts and pain can come from within our own mushy, mechanical form called a body.  Just as we use stretching and exercising of our bodies to help battle off pain, hurts and despair – may we stretch our minds to seek and grasp the four fundamentals of life which are hope, faith, love and grace.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

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Living-4-Today – – Perception

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

The Word – “If only you would be altogether silent.  For you, that would-be wisdom.”  (Job 13:5, NIV)

The Thought – When people begin a relationship they should reflect together in silence on the wisdom that Herb Vander Lugt once wrote, “Deep relationships are built on acceptance, understanding, and listening.”

One of the biggest problems in relationships, especially those where you are blending two families together is acceptance of what all is already present, understanding what all is already present and listening to what all is already present.

Several years ago, a couple I know married, the second marriage for both, a marriage that combined two families and four kids, two each for each spouse.  From there a couple of things would happen, either both the kids are all accepted by the families of both spouses or they are not – and a lot of that acceptance may come down to perception.

One of the ‘Great Spirits’ greatest gifts is that of grandchildren and the love bonds that develop between them and the grandparents they are given at birth.  Most folks that are or have been grandparents of little ones know the absolute joy that comes from building that bond of security and love between them and sometimes the perception of that bond can and will be misperceived.

Without knowing it, a child feels the work of hope, faith, love and grace that comes from the ‘Great Spirits’ and a relationship with a grandparent, many times to the point where the grandchild will express that appreciation before the grandparent has a chance to convey it and the parents have a chance to understand it.

The signs of this relationship between grandchild and grandparent can sometimes be misperceived as favoritism, especially to those bringing new grandkids into a blended family environment.

Another sign of misperception can come when someone in the either family becomes ill and needs special acceptance for such an illness, especially when the illness is like COPD and/or Asthma and the signs of it sometimes are very unpredictable.  Can the blended family both accept the illness and the necessary time one of them may need to devout in helping the family member with such an illness, or will they misperceive that need as favoring one family over the other.

When it comes to additional grandkids thrown into the fray of grandparenting, I know most grandparents open the new additions to the flock with very open, loving arms, while leaning on the ‘Great Spirits’ to continue giving them guidance and wisdom on how to heal any hurts the new grandkids may have coming into new, sometimes confusing blended family experience.

This is those times when both the parents of the blended family and the grandparents working at blending equally all grandkids, need to rely on sitting in silence with the ‘Great Spirits’ and finding the guidance and wisdom of understanding how quickly perception and misperception can unglue the four fundamentals of blended family happiness – those of hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation/Prayer –  As we take a moment to rest in meditation, we look toward the ‘Great Spirits’ with much gratitude for all that surrounds us in the walk we call life.  We also ask the ‘Great Spirits’ for continued wisdom and guidance to breaking down the walls of misperception that can tear apart families that find love but struggle with blending their families together despite that love.  May our times of silence with the ‘Great Spirits’ give us time to strengthen our work within the four fundamentals of life and happiness – as hope, faith, love and grace all will be needed to overcome that great barrier of misperception.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

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

Living-4-Today – – Making a Difference with Honesty

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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 – ““If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” (Dalai Lama)

The Thought – Sometimes the biggest hurdle to overcome with our chronic illness and/or disability is the hurdle within ourselves, the power of the thoughts within our own minds.

We’ve discussed recently the changes that come within our travels of life when we realize we have a chronic illness and/or a disability.  Those who have been diagnosed with either know the pain and stress that can come with having to suddenly make changes in our trip of life to compensate for our own livelihood and future.

One thing many don’t think about is how the change can put us in a unique position to make a difference among others and this is especially true and possible when we have a solid relationship with the ‘Great Spirits’.

So many give in to an attitude of defeat, but for those that do, unlike the chronic illness and/or disability it is a choice that one can make – they either give in to defeat and deny their situation or they can use the change to be openly honest and use that honesty to make a difference.

A great way to begin making an honest difference can come when we simply become honest with others when asked ‘how are you doing?’ or ‘what can I do to help’.  Too many of us will just say ‘I’m doing fine’ or ‘that’s okay, I can get it done’.  Instead one should be honest and relay an answer describing just how your day is going, for instance with this writer I could respond this recent weekend with, “Well the weather is causing my lungs to do a lot of complaining” or for the other question, “I appreciate your offer, what would you like to help me with”.

By being honest in our conversations, we are making a difference from the fact that we are helping others get a better understanding of just what it may be like to walk a daily path with the companion of our chronic illness and/or disability.

If you are uncomfortable with being even slightly more honest, then lean on your times in meditation and/or prayer and seek the guidance of the ‘Great Spirits’ for moments of awareness and wisdom on just how to make a difference in the simple, small steps of honesty.

When one is freed, through meditations and/or prayer, to grasp the four fundamentals of life and happiness, then the hope, faith, love and grace that they represent will help immensely in giving one the courage to make that first small step of making a difference by being honest about our travels with our chronic illness and/or disability.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we find our quiet time with you, the ‘Great Spirits’, we acknowledged the awesomeness of the life you have surrounded us with as we travel our own personal highway of life.  To not travel it in such seclusion, we ask you ‘Great Spirits’ to present us with the guidance and wisdom we may need to find the courage to make a difference with others despite our new challenges of a chronic illness and/or disability.  We seek you to push us to make those first steps toward making a difference by teaching us to be honest with others about our walk, so that they may be given insights to a world beyond their own.  As always, we continue to find much more comfort and pleasure in our walk as we grasp tightly to those four fundamentals of life and happiness – hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

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

Living-4-Today – – When We Do Not Understand

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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 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways…”  (Isaiah 55:8, NIV)

The Thought – How many question the why or how that they may have become equipped with a chronic illness or disability?

I’m sure that we all have crossed that bump somewhere along our travels, the question is whether we pursue it or just let it go while we concentrate on the moment and the future.

While many of us may now understand the why as to getting our chronic illness or disability, the reason is the one that I would guess slips away from most.

Unless you had been doing something obvious, like smoking, coming down with something like COPD or severe asthma can raise questions as to just what the heck happened to put us on this new path of travel for life.

These are the times when we need to take time to relax and grab some extra moments of meditation and/or prayer, and have some deep conversations with the one friend we can always count on – the ‘Great Spirits’.

When we do not understand the reason or why for something, it can be made into a very stressful situation as we search for those answers, when there really is nothing we can do about it.

What’s done, is done, and for most of us there is nothing we can do about it except to move forward, don’t dwell on the past and search for the best path available for our future.

In times of meditation and/or prayer, we need to continue to seek the wisdom of what and where we go from this point forward without dwelling on those travels we already made, while knowing that if the reasons as to why and how we got to this point is needed for the trip forward – then know the ‘Great Spirits’ will eventually show us the answers.

Do not worry about most of what we do not understand, because life is sometimes like your computer or smart phone – if something goes wrong, turn it off, wait patiently, restart and move forward, as most likely all will be well once again.

Concentrate on those four fundamentals of life and happiness – hope, faith, love and grace.  Even while seeking guidance and wisdom in living along those fundamentals, we have times when we get impatient with the ‘Great Spirits’ when the answers we are looking for don’t come in the time frame we want them to.

So, it is in those moments that we will not always understand and that is just the way life works. So, relax and seek to make sure that the moment you may be in now is the best and strongest it can be so you can be prepared for the next unexpected bump in the road of life that your chronic illness or disability may throw at you.

The Meditation/Prayer – As we take these moments to seek in quiet, the ‘Great Spirits’, may we give first the gratefulness for all the world that surrounds the path we are on as we step up and ask you ‘Great Spirits’ to guide us forward with no questions asked.   We trust in the moments that we have been given for today and with your spirit we look to work on that which we can control in tomorrow, while properly leaving yesterday laid out at the feet of you ‘Great Spirits’, until that moment may come for which we need to reach back to gander at the yesterday gone past that will help the situation we may be in now.  ‘Great Spirits’ we thank you for the opportunity to continue to seek the four fundamentals of life and happiness, those being hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer – This writing may not be reused in any manner without written permission.)

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

Living Today – – Making a 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 – “Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.” (Dalai Lama)

The Thought – How many can say when they were younger their game plan for life included getting a chronic illness or disability that would turn your daily world upside down?

We didn’t think so, as I am not sure I have ever met anybody who could say that the health and life battles they were fighting had been in the game plan they set forth on so many years past.

While most folks can go to bed at night with an idea of what lies ahead for tomorrow as far as work, play, relationships, health and welfare.  Not so for those who fight battles with a chronic illness or disability, as those folks can have a plan but within that plan they must place a possibility of it getting sidetracked if their illness or disease flares up.

Despite having a chronic illness or disability, we should still be making plans for the day, week, month or even year or years ahead.

One of the reasons for making plans is to keep the positive out ahead of us, for instance this writer has been planning for several weeks to drive four hours to visit a daughter, son-in-law and youngest grandkid – a real positive motivator to watch what I was doing for a solid two weeks so that I would not set myself up for any flare ups of my COPD/Asthma that may keep me from making the trip.

But then again, of course the weather changed and yes, this writer is struggling just a bit, but there is the reason for making sub-plans within your plans just to cover episodes such as these.

A good way to plan ahead is to take the time to share your needs and hopes with the Great Spirits and check in as the friendship you should have with them should also produce some guidance and influence as to how to make those plans while always looking toward each day with the goal of getting through it with the four fundamentals of a positive life – hope, faith, love and grace.

What is the plan you have for the rest of today, tomorrow, next week or even the next year?  Do you have a necessary plan that will hold up a positive mark ahead to guide you – like a visit with a family member or good friend.

Always build the plan with that positive goal and yet be humble enough to make sub-plans to give you guidance for any unexpected flare up of your illness or disability – it just makes common sense.

The Meditation/Prayer – Great Spirits, as we always come to you in wonder and praises for the world you have surrounded us with on the sphere of life we call earth – we also come to you as a close friend seeking advice, guidance and wisdom as to how to make a positive plan for the road ahead while reminding us to lean on your friendship when those ugly flare ups of illness or disability throw a bump or two on that road.  May our daily times with you, Great Spirits, continue to led us in the direction of a positive life filled with those four fundamentals of happy times – hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

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

Living Today – – Not What It Seems

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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 – “Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.” (Dalai Lama)

The Thought – When battling a chronic problem like COPD/Asthma, unless you are on oxygen the appearance we present to others does not necessarily explode with any obvious recognition of ‘this person is really sick’.

This will happen when we may go out in public, where many if not most of us may have a handicapped sticker or tag which allows us to park closer, but get the looks as we may not outwardly appear to look as sick as many think somebody should when parking in those handicapped zones.

How quickly do the hands go up if I were to ask how many of those reading this posting have had others stare or make comments when we make use of handicapped parking while appearing on the outside as one in normal health?  I imagine most threw a hand up rather quickly.  When I am asked, I throw both hands up.

A favorite line I have when I get into a discussion about my outward appearance of doing just fine, is to ask the folks if they would like to walk with me for a short distance or work aside me for just a few minutes when I try and do anything much physical.  Not trying to be obnoxious, just being honest in wanting them to have the opportunity, to observe how quickly my breathing can change into a huffing/puffing masterpiece with oxygen levels dropping faster than a penny they threw in the fountain.

It is times like these when we must lean on the Great Spirits and the friendship they offer to help remind us that it is not our fault people are the way they are.

One of my all-time favorite reflections, one which I have shared with my kids and grandkids over and over, is the Indian Spirit line about “don’t judge until you can take time to walk in their shoes and discover the true path they may be walking”.  A line to hold true to for those times when others may tease, laugh or scold you for outwardly looking as if you are as healthy as can be while inside you may even be gasping for breath but just trying your best to look okay.

The more we are able, to remember that it is not us, but them, that have an emotional and spiritual problem that is keeping them from understanding our inward battles, the better our daily walk will be.  It is not our job to tell them about the Great Spirits and the four fundamentals of living being hope, faith, love and grace.  All of which may be needed by those with such arrogance and distain of others.

What is our job – it is to persevere and hold strong, knowing that each of us are individuals walking our own path of life and just as they may not understand us, we also may not understand them and why they treat others such as us with disabilities with such a large amount of arrogance.  As the Dalai Lama says, it makes a more significant impression when one is silent and moves on.

Let the Great Spirits give us guidance and strength to be that person that can look beyond others responses and walk strong despite our chronic illness or disability and show the arrogant ones the truth of hope, faith, love and grace.

The Meditation/Prayer – Oh Great Spirits, as we continue to wonder why we may have been given these battles of illness and/or disability, may we also know that we are never handed anything more than we can handle as long, as we have a spiritual friend as you.  We shall always thank you for all that you surround us with while traveling our path of life on this gift of earth, just as we continue to look for your thoughts and guidance on how to best walk strong despite our battles.  May our daily times sharing with you, Great Spirits, give us the strength to walk through the arrogance of others while representing an appearance of the strength that comes from leaning on the four fundamentals of happiness – those being hope, faith, love and grace.

And we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

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