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More WISDOM for today! I think this picture says it all.

Have a good evening!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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April 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom ~ The Secret to Happiness

Great advice today~ read it and make any necessary changes in your life if you aren’t already living this way! Something from my facebook page just for you. I love this story and you will too! More WISDOM just like you’ll find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland!
Have a Happy Easter ~ He is Risen!
God Bless You!
Nanci
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The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady (pictured below), moved to a nursing home today. Even though she is legally blind, she is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move to the nursing home necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.” She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my memory bank. I am still depositing.”
And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred: Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
6. I’ll add a little more: Trust God.
Photo: The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room …. just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.” She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.” And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less. If you enjoyed this post please share! <3

April 15, 2014 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

More Wisdom ~ Ways to Enjoy Today!

~ Hi! Thanks for coming by!

Today I’m sharing some great and simple ways to enjoy your life and reduce stress each day. These suggestions are WISDOM for your life. It’s great information for your life just like the great things featured in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland. You can still buy a copy of my book on Amazon.com or from my publisher at www.westbowpress.com.

I’m taking off a few weeks so I can work on my new books ~ I’ll see you next time on April 15th.

Have a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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 W I S D O M … W I S D O M … W I S D O M

Here are just a few ways to help you enjoy today!

▪ Call a friend

▪ Pet a dog

▪ Do something new

▪ Eat a meal by candlelight

▪ Get enough sleep

▪ Know your limits

▪ Smile

▪ Exercise

▪ Say something nice

▪ Be generous

▪ Prepare ahead

▪ Get up earlier

▪ Avoid negative People

▪ Say “no” more often

▪ Look for the silver lining

▪ Listen to music

▪ Look at challenges differently

▪ Talk less and listen more

▪ See problems as challenges

▪ Praise others

▪ Visualize winning

▪ Unclutter your life

▪ Ask a friend for a hug

▪ Schedule playtime

▪ Do something nice for someone secretly

▪ Pray!

March 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

More WISDOM ~ The Disciplined Pursuit of Less ~ #3

~ The last two posts I shared some WISDOM for your life. Here’s more WISDOM today but of a little bit different kind.

Today I’m sharing a concept that will give you insight and more great information for your life just like the great things featured in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland. You can still buy a copy of my book on Amazon.com or from my publisher at www.westbowpress.com.

Watch this 5-minute video. The ideas shared will be so helpful for your personal and professional life. Every person needs this information and perspective. It’s about breaking through to the next level. Read more below.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

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Author Greg McKeown interviewed countless business executives during this career and saw first-hand how success can lead straight to professional and personal failure. He describes the problem: the insidious idea that we think we can do it all. Overwhelmed by expectations and options, entrepreneurs and executives find success and end up losing the single-minded focus that made them successful in the first place.

Inspired by the philosophy “less but better” — the Japanese say it this  way, “less is more,” McKeown shares in his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,  practical tips on how to figure out what’s most important, eliminate the trivial, and establish routines for effortless execution.

McKeown earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9x6D09AKBU

March 18, 2014 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

Wisdom for Your Life ~ #2

~ More thoughts and information like you’d find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Today I’m continuing to share some Wisdom For Your Life! Think of these three points as sharing perspective and something to help you move forward with your life. They came from an e-mail I sent a friend who had been unemployed for several years. I shared this information to help encourage him at a difficult time in his life.

  • Think of this time in your life as a challenge — and then be determined to meet the change head on! For beyond the challenges are the rewards. However, you  must pass this test first of all. It’s important therefore not to complain or look back. Rather, find something POSITIVE to say. Why not change all your negatives into a POSITIVE?
  • Think of this time in your life as not only a time to grow, but with what you’ve learned you’ll be able to encourage someone else!

And finally …

  • Think of this time in your life as a blessing — because that means there’s more for you to discover for your life! That also means that your life is going to be fuller, richer, better than it was before! Cool! Why? “Because all things work together for good.” — Romans 8:28 The Bible ~ yes, good can come out of the difficulties in your life.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

Nanci

March 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Wisdom For Your Life!

~More thoughts and information like you’d find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Here are some thoughts that just might be some “Wisdom for Your Life.”

1. Think of this time in your life as a gift from God. Perhaps He’s trying to get your attention to teach you some things that will help you and strengthen you.

2. Think of this time in your life as an ADVENTURE. See what new things you can discover.

3. Think of this time in your life as a bridge to connect you to something else — something positive and healing for your life.

I’ll add more next week ~ but you can also go to the “Wisdom for Your Life” tab on this blog for more. I’ll see you next Tuesday, March 11.

Make it a great evening!

God Bless You!

Nanci

March 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

Why Fresh Hope … Cleveland

~ In case you are exploring this blog for the first time or recently found my blog, here’s an overview of my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Have a great day !

God Bless You!

Nanci

~ More About Nanci J. Gravill’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Here’s a special ingredient regarding my book:

Questions: Why Fresh Hope? Why this title?

Answers: In January 2009 when I started writing the text I had to have some kind of a title. I put the manuscript on my only available disk which was for my recipes. You know exactly where I’m going with this! Then, for lack of a better title, the book became Recipes for Living in Challenging Times.

However, I conducted a focus group study in August of 2009 to see if the book was really helpful. A focus group is a marketing tool. People used the book for about two weeks and then came back to answer questions about how helpful the book really was. It was one gentleman’s comment that really had the most impact on the direction and help this book offers. He said, “Nanci, with a female author and the word “recipes” in the title, I wouldn’t even pick it up!” I understood his point right away! Soon afterwards my friend and I brainstormed over lunch for a new title. I loved the word “fresh” because it really fit the text really well ~ it’s full of things that will give you a bright, new perspective. Then my friend pointed out how the book provided tons of “hope” for people in Cleveland and elsewhere – and it does. It’s been Fresh Hope … Cleveland ever since.

Take a peak at the book’s cover  above ~ look for the special touch the graphic designer provided for the concept of “HOPE.” Do you see it?

February 25, 2014 at 12:55 am Leave a comment

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