Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter A


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(c) Mary Lou Q


My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

My theme ~ Lessons Learned.  I’ll be posting a word that begins with each letter of the alphabet that fits my theme.   This blog/website has become one way to share about myself to my children, my grandchildren and my extended family who are scattered all over the country and the world.  Hopefully, anyone who reads this will be in some way blessed by my throwing my words out onto the World Wide Web and into the Universe.  

 My About Page gives me the focus so that, as I age, I don’t forget what I worked so hard to learn.  It’s going to be fun and challenging!   I hope you’ll stick with me as I strive to meet my goal!!

Masterpiece and Work in Progress


ARRIVAL ~ I’ve arrived at a place where looking back on the good and the bad along the way brings me a sense of peace and contentment.  I recognize the girl, daughter, sister, woman, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend who traveled down these paths to be a strong human being who had her own sense of self always at the core of her life.  A human being who decided to face life’s challenges with an attitude of hope and perseverance.  It’s good to look back and to see that you’ve arrived at a good place in spite of those times of self-doubt and wavering.


As you grow older
You become wiser
You mature and realize your potential
The greatest gift of time, however, is that you discover your true inner strength and beauty which was
always within you but hidden before.
Look back on your life as the story of you.
Look forward to new adventures.
You’ve worked hard and prepared the way for some of the best days of your life.

-Doe Zantamata


A - Z Blog (A)


“These folks, it appears, found a way to use hardship, pain, and loss creatively. They have made of their lives works of art, they have found ways to become themselves, to achieve wholeness.”  David Goff ~ Arrival 


* Note:  My letter sketches were made from ideas I found on Google Images. *

***  This Alphabet Series is a recycle of the posts I created while participating in the A to Z Challenge in 2016 ***

20 thoughts on “Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter A

  1. How refreshing to find someone else who shares my views on aging. Growing old has become strangely liberating and as you said, I have achieved some level of objectivity and look at my life from the outside. Ageing has helped me understand myself better and become more calm and content than I was as an ambitious young girl


  2. Oh I love this post! “A masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time” what a great quote! Its amazing how in this midlife time of my life that i feel like a work in progress and that I have “arrived” all at the same time!

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  3. Mary Lou! You’re going to be writing more AND linking up with us – well done because I’ve missed you. Loved your idea and your A post was a great start. I’m glad to have finished the alphabet for another year, but happy to pop back to read yours regularly. Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx
    Leanne |

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    • I’m so glad I saw the #MLSTL post on Twitter, Leanne. This is a wonderful way for us to share our favorite posts. This seems a bit more doable for me than AtoZChallenge. 🙂 Congratulations on completing AtoZ 2018!


  4. Hi Mary Lou and great to have you link up and share your new series with us at Midlife Share the Life Party. I am looking forward to reading more and love that we are a masterpiece but also a work in progress. Have a great week and sharing on social media. #MLSTL
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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