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 ***
Sketch by mlq
I found this writing by Brené Brown while visiting a post by Jennifer Juneau ~ Looking Back While Looking Ahead. It’s only been recently that I’ve embarked on the journey of ‘Looking Back’ all with the intent to continue moving forward and ‘Looking Ahead’. Writing about our life story, the good parts and the not-so-good parts, pulls together a pattern that reminds us of who we were all along the way. A pattern of strength and courage through our struggles that becomes clearer when we become an observer from the present time and allow ourselves to look back. We can do this at any time and at any age. The insights we gain and the freedom we experience keep us ‘rising strong’.
~ Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted ~
“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers
Than those of us who are willing to fall
Because we have learned how to rise
With skinned knees and bruised hearts;
We choose owning our stories of struggle,
Over hiding, over hustling, over pretending.
When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we run from struggle, we are never free.
So we turn toward truth and look at it in the eye.
We will not be characters in our stories.
Not villains, not victims, not even heroes.
We are the authors of our lives.
We write our own daring endings.
We craft love from heartbreak,
Compassion from shame,
Grace from disappointment,
Courage from failure.
Showing up is our power.
Story is our way home.
Truth is our song.
We are the brave and brokenhearted.
We are rising strong.”
Be Brave ~ Show Up
A Dozen Gratitudes for 2017
For the cup of hot coffee I’m holding in hand while I ponder about this year and how quickly it’s flown by. Grateful for still being here!
For the ability to distance myself from the noise and drama of this year’s political events.
For the hope that still swells up in my heart with a belief in the goodness and kindness of most people.
For a safe dwelling and a supportive community that recognizes the needs of those of us who are aging. I’m grateful to those who have filled a need for me this past year. ❤
For my ‘young-at-heart’ mind that continues to love being creative in my retirement years. Here’s to more watercolor sketching and creative writing.
For our ‘genius’ system of government which continues to weather through all sorts of abuses yet, hopefully, continues to survive and thrive. “The presidency is bigger than one man.” ~ President G. W Bush
For the knowledge that my life on this earth is drawing to a close and I’m leaving behind five children, and their families, who strive to make this a better world.
For a stronger sense of resilience and knowledge that I have it within me to face anything that comes my way with strength and grace. No one is going to rescue me.
For lessons learned this past year about myself, about where some people deserve to be in my life and setting healthy boundaries.
For the present moment because it is truly a precious gift. Be aware! Know what works for you in keeping you grounded and seeking the middle ground.
For the higher power, whatever each person sees that to be, that holds me in unconditional Love through it all. “You’ve always had the power, my dear.” ~ Glinda (Wizard of Oz)
For the courage I’ve found this year to hold on to my convictions and faith within a very complex culture and society. Trust your intuition. You’re the best friend you’ll ever have.
Watercolor sketch © Mary Lou