My Message in a Bottle


To whomever finds my message:

I have filled this bottle with Love, Peace, Patience, Compassion, Empathy, Gratitude, Beauty, Forgiveness and Kindness.

I believe that when we sow the seed of these ideas with words and plant them in the soil of life and add water and sunlight, we can grow Peace.  Peace is the trunk of the Tree of Life.

If, every day, every person performed one Peaceful act, shared beauty with one other person, shared forgiveness with one who needs it, then we would have the beginnings of the Peace we need.

Everyday that you touch someone else with kindness, with compassion and peace, you make an imprint on their heart and on their soul that will gradual help them find their way to a life lived in peaceful harmony with everyone in the world.

This could erase racism, sexism, ageism, all forms of bigotry and the violence that comes from it.

There are people who are haters, and bullies.  These people need our kindness and empathy perhaps more than other people, because bullying comes from insecurity and troubled minds and the inability to know how to be kind.

Statistically, 97% of American families are dysfunctional to some degree.  But what I know and have experienced is that with self-compassion, self-understanding, self-love, everyone can learn to grow beyond what traumatized or hurt them, and continue on their way to a life filled with kindness and peace.

You may know someone who has had a very difficult life, and you can make a difference in their life by living your peace, your empathy, your forgiveness, your gratitude, and they can learn from your example and from living within the light of your being.

After a while, someone who carries darkness and hatred and negativity and violence within themselves can be changed by the daily dose of gratitude, love, acceptance, peace, empathy, and kindness that touches their heart and soul even if they don’t want it to.  These gifts are much stronger than the negativity within any soul.

Please open my bottle and spread the contents around.  You won’t be sorry.

May peace fill all of your lives.

 

Namaste,

Barbara

 

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Bottle floating on the Ocean. Charcoal drawing by Barbara Mattio Copyright 2009

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Liebster Award


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Patti at PetiteMagique nominated me for the Liebster Award.  She is a wonderful, talented poet and you should visit her blog often!

Thank you, Patti, you are an inspiration

 

The Rules:

1) Acknowledge and accept the Liebster Award by leaving a comment on the blog, that nominated you.

2) Copy and paste the Liebster logo onto your blog.

3) Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

4) Answer the 11 questions put to you by the person who nominated you.

5) List 11 random facts about yourself.

6) Nominate and link to 3—11 other blogs you enjoy that have less than 3000 followers.

7) List 11 questions for your Liebster Award nominees on your blog.

8) Inform your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.

The Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?

Because I was forced to retire early, and I needed to still contribute to the world.

  1. What inspired or influence you to write?

My sister, who is a fiction writer

  1. What are three things you can’t live without?

Books, music, and chocolate

  1. What (other) talents do you have?

I’m a photographer, painter, I do needlework, and I love to cook

  1. What is your favorite post you’ve written? (Don’t forget to include the link)

The Message in a Bottle

  1. If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

Dead: Albert Einstein; Alive, Steven Hawkins

  1. If money were no object, what would you do all day?

What I do now, really.  A bit more shopping and travel.  Travel to every sacred place on the planet

  1. What has been your biggest challenge?

Staying positive and hopeful for the future in the world; and mobility

  1. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? And why?

Learn to fly an airplane

  1. What makes you smile?

The sun on my face; the fragrance of beautiful flowers; the giggle of a child (any child, but especially my grandchildren); helping other people

  1. What is your most memorable moment in your life?

Meeting the Dalai Lama and kissing a dolphin

I would like to use the same questions for my nominees.

11 random facts:

I was born with raven black hair, but now that I am over 60, I am a blonde bombshell

I am full of dichotomies, to everyone else ( I make perfect sense to me)

I do not do public wetness

I am deeply spiritual, but I do not follow a single dogma

I love to have gardens everywhere

I love to play with my grandchildren

When I travel, my camera never leaves my hands

I have a titanium hip  (airport security is loads of fun)

I hate winter,  and strongly dislike rainy days (unless the gardens need the water)

I love to listen to music, lots of different kinds of music

Give me a beach, or the mountains, and I am at peace

My Nominees:

  1. Osarobohenry
  2. Carl D’Agostino
  3. LadyPinkRose
  4. Markbialczak
  5. EvilCyclist BookShelf
  6. Maverick Mist
  7. Lucid Gypsy
  8. MsVee
  9. Cindy Williams