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In her second book "Lessons Learned About Life and Love", Vivianne shares some of the lessons she has learned from writers and thinkers such as Dr. Wayne Dyer and Dr. Viktor Frankl, weaving them into her own experiences in a compelling guide to living, loving and thriving in old age. Her insights offer proof that great wisdom is not gained only from the classroom or the lecture hall, and that one need not look far to understand the secrets to living well. From anecdotes about her everyday rituals to memories from her world travels, Vivianne captures the profound and often surprising moments of enlightenment that can be found right in front of us, if we only know where- and how-to look.
I am now 78 years old and in the stage of nb completion. I write about the aging process. I want to impart what it means to age well instead of merely growing old. It is a mistake to see aging as a decline. For everything, we lose we gain as much. I see aging as strength, wisdom, and emotional maturity.
There is emerging energy to do something we have not done before. For me, it is writing. When we write and reflect we engage in nostalgia, which leads to deep gratitude for our experiences and the people we met on our life's journey. Gratitude leads to happiness. All the challenges I have overcome gave me a profound sense of gratitude and a higher sense of awareness. I encourage people to find new abilities despite inhibitions! Aging for me is an active drive forward to seek greater value and meaning. I have learned to grow even beyond my success and live my most beautiful life. My intention is for people to realize it can be for them as well. Very often we encounter surprising moments of enlightenment if we only know where and how to look.
My favorite words are love, positivity, optimism, hope, and faith.
Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which we can aspire Love is experienced in our thoughts and acts of oneness. The world runs on balance and the energy that keeps it in balance is love. It reduces blocked energy. Love has many facets, among them is nurturing and a sense of responsibility, which my husband has always been so good at. Love and hate cannot coexist! It is in harmony with life.
Positive thinking is especially important when we have so much uncertainty. In being a positive force we can cheer ourselves on in everything we do in life. As I go through challenging times with my husband’s illness, I do everything in my power to channel my positive energy and my unstoppable will to overcome this latest challenge. I think positively and focus on the good that remains.
We have a choice!
The world is a question of interpretation. I learned to see things in a way that I derive strength from them. Optimism is the basis for success. The spirit of optimism serves as an inspiration for anyone who is challenged.
Hope is something we must always keep alive. Always have hope that obstacles can be overcome and that things get better. No hope is a lack of something to live for. Through my unwavering hope, I aim to inspire my husband to hold onto that same faith that things can get better
Faith is when you believe in someone or something to be true. When we have faith, we fight through things with more determination.
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Born an illegitimate child in the wake of WWII in Berlin, Nazi Germany to a single mother, Vivianne Knebel’s options were limited and her future looked bleak. She experienced poverty, cold, and hunger, and was even driven to the point of committing suicide. To seek out a better life, Vivianne immigrated to Canada as a teenager, but her misfortunes did not end there. However, in response to a miraculous intervention, she decided to preserve her life and keep moving forward.
After this incident, Vivianne met a fellow German immigrant, Wiland, who eventually became her husband. But even more than that, he became a catalyst for change in her life. His belief in her is what helped her see the true, immeasurable value of her life. She went on to play a key role in Wiland’s business venture and together they built a better future for each other.
Since then, Vivianne has run a marathon, learned to pilot a plane, and even beat cancer. She’s found a greater sense of spirituality and wants to share her story with the world, to remind people that there is always a reason to keep moving forward.