Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter C


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!!




I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
— Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird.

The only way being Strong can truly be considered courageous  is when we come to that point where there’s no other choice.  Those times where we’re forced to act boldly, and when every part of us is resisting and wanting to run away.  Not always is the ‘warrior’ someone on the battlefield.  More often than not, it’s the person who is obscure and unrecognized.  It’s that determination not to ever give up and to persevere to the end.  After facing that choice enough times over our lives, we know that feeling of courage and we recognize it as a force that brought us through.  We know we can survive anything!


“I wish I had known from the beginning that I was born a strong woman.  What a difference it would have made!  I wish I’d known that I was born a courageous woman; I’ve spent so much of my life cowering.  How many conversations would I not only have started but finished if I had known I possessed a warrior’s heart?  I wish I’d known that I’d been born to take on the world; I wouldn’t have run from it for so long, but to it with open arms.”

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach ~  ♥



* 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 ***

27 thoughts on “Me in the Middle of Lessons Learned ~ Letter C

  1. Pingback: Me in the Middle of 2018 Roundup | Me In The Middle

  2. Man, that To Kill a Mockingbird is one hell of a book. Timeless, and the way it inspires me to be more whenever I think about it is so impressive. Thanks for sharing your courage lessons. I appreciated the chance to immerse myself in it for a few minutes.

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  3. Very wise words! For me courage comes down to emotional resilience – that something inside us which means we bounce (or crawl!) back each time we experience a set back or challenge. When people are faced with an obstacle that keeps knocking them back down but they choose to keep learning and trying to understand – for me that is true courage.

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  4. Hi Mary, I landed here via MLSTL. Great quote. I guess once we believe in ourselves then slowly we will become self-confident and then courageous.
    Take care
    Pradeep |

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    • Hi Pradeep! I just found this nice comment in my Spam! I’ll be sure and keep a look out to make sure it doesn’t happen again! So glad you like my post! 🙂


  5. Hi MaryLou, visiting from MLSTL. I’m a Leo and discovered last year a deep love of lions (we did an African safari and saw so many!). Need I say more which quote speaks to me (and I’ve copied to my own files). I needed that message very much – try again tomorrow. Thank you.

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  6. I love these quotes. I sometimes describe myself as timid, because I shy away from physically risky activities, but the truth is I’ve faced down some pretty powerful demons and come through some huge challenges, and I’m still here. I guess that makes me courageous. I found your post on the #MLSTL link party. Thanks for sharing it there.

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    • Thanks for this great comment Christie! Yes, I’m still here too and looking back we can all find those moments where we made it through with courage. 🙂


  7. Welcome Mary Lou to the Midlife Share the Love Party and I love your post. That first quote about ‘trying again tomorrow’ is what courage is all about. The courage to give it a go even if it doesn’t work out the first time. I’m enjoying your series and so pleased to have connected with you. Have a great week and see you at next week’s Midlife Share the Love Party. #MLSTL 🙂

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  8. Yes I have found in the last two years that it took courage to be patient and wait as a problem evolved and was solved. It would have been easier to walk away from the whole thing.

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    • I’ve been reading about liminal space where you’re not sure of how things will turn out. Holding space for ourselves and others. It’s hard to do when you have a tendency to want to ‘fix thing’. 🙂


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