One Breath at a Time

Breathing is such an easy thing to do. We do not even think about it, it just happens. There is no effort, no conscientiousness of doing it, it is something that comes naturally.

It is not until something happens and we struggle to breathe or we have the wind knocked out of us and we have to catch our breath, that we are truly aware of it happening.

We panic and feel like we are out of control. Our minds race as we try to catch our breath and we try to get our breathing back to normal. We realize at that moment how precious that one breath is and how in an instant, that could change, and the life as we know it, could be over.

Our daily lives are much like our breathing. We go through life on a routine, almost robotic at times, not even thinking about what are doing. We go through those daily motions until something happens that disrupts it. We gasp and try to catch our breath, regain ourselves, and our composure to get ourselves back on track. We have that moment of panic and urgency to get back to our comfort zone.

What if we looked at life much like our breathing, and did it one breath at a time. Remembering how precious it is and savor every breath we took in life as if it were out last?

What if we treasured one another as if it were our breathing? Just think how sweet life could truly be.


Charlie Walker
Charlie Walker
At a young age, I worked as a structural steel welder walking red iron. Later I moved into the Telecom, Technology, and Physical Security Industry for the last 35 years as a Sr. Design Engineer, Network Engineer, Director, Operations Manager, and Technical Writer. My desires have always been with electronics, designing, CAD Drawings, and Technical writing. My true passion is the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, photographing nature, and sharing it with others. I am an avid outdoorsman, fly fishing guide, with a deep passion to write about my adventures. I enjoy writing inspirational quotes, articles on the history of creeks I fish, fly fishing conservation, and short stories along with a bit of poetry. As a child, I listened to old men in the General Stores telling stories of the past and their adventures. Some were real and some were as real as the imagination in their minds. Each day, I would run up there to listen to one of their adventures and would sit on the edge of my seat as if I were there, yearning for more. These growing up years led me to my own storytelling and eventually writing about my own adventures. Taking people to places and having them visualize things that they may have never seen. Telling tales that take them back to their own youth and adventures. Bringing stories that will warm the heart, educate them on the history of an area and bring a positive attitude to their lives. My desire as a writer is to open the minds of others that will enjoy the stories that are only limited by my imagination, but will bring a bit of peace, comfort, and harmony to the world. To leave them hanging on the edge and waiting for that next adventure, positive attitude, or story to warm the heart.

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  1. Charlie, thank you for this quiet piece as I read through it, I am taking one breath at a time. I pray our world and those who’s hearts are open to kindness, compassion, faith and prayer will change the world one breath at a time.