The Holiday of Passover Part 2

Gratitude is a big part of Judaism and many other spiritual paths. The greatest story is the story of Moses. To save his life his mother and sister who had named this Jewish baby, put him into a tightly woven basket and floated it in the river. They prayed to G-d to keep him safe. The Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket and looked inside. She looked inside an found an infant, she knew is was a Jewish baby. She took him home to the palace and raised his as her son, naming him Moses. From the water I drew him. The Jews to this day have never changed his name back to his given name. For eternity the Jewish people show Adonai their gratitude for the life of Moses.


The evil of those who sought to destroy the Jews and made slaves of them must be remembered as well as recalling the kindness of those who intervened to deliver the Jewish people from slavery. Gratitude is so important, it’s meant to be eternal.


“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”   —Cicero


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”   —Melody Beattie





The Jewish people believe in family and  gratitude and education. Every Jewish child grows up knowing he/she must get a good education.


“I dreamt I stood in a studio

And watched two sculptors there.


The clay they used was a young child’s mind

And they fashioned it with care.


One was a teacher–the tools he used

Were books, music, and art.


The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand

And a gentle loving heart.


Day after day, the teacher toiled

With touch that was deft and sure.


While the parent labored by his side

And polished and smoothed it o’er.


And when at last, their task was done

They were proud of what they’d wrought.


For the things they had molded into the child

Could neither be sold nor boutht.


And each agreed they would have failed

If each had worked alome.

For behind the teacher stood the school

And behind the parent stood the home.”   —Author unknown




A Passover blessing



“I doubt anyone will ever see-anywhere—a memorial to a pessimist.”   —Unknown


“Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.”   —Golda Meir


The Jewish people have a tradition in many families to light not just two candles but an additional candle for every child in the family as well.  Parents explain to their children that every one of them brought extra light to their home when they came into their lives. The light of a candle, the sages teach, is a symbol of the soul.


“Rather light candles than curse the darkness.”   —Adlai E. Stevenson


“if a drop if ink fell at the same time on your book and on your coat, clean first the book and then the garment.”   —Talmud


” If you drop gold and books, pick up first the books and then the gold.”   —Talmud


” Jews are the People of the Book.”   —Mohammed, the Koran






Bouquet of Awards — 7 Awards in one!


Thanks to PrayingForOneDay for thinking enough of me to nominate me for all this!

There’s only one rule to follow…do all the stuff in RED

Rules: Only one here…

The ABC Award requires the nominee to write a word or a phrase about him/herself for each letter of the English alphabet.

  1. A is for artsy
  2. B is for blonde, though it used to be black
  3. C is for caring
  4. D is for determined
  5. E is for eclectic
  6. F is for free
  7. G is for gracious
  8. H is forhappy
  9. I is for impatient
  10. J is for justice
  11. K is for kitchen where food is prepared with love
  12. L is for love
  13. M is for mother
  14. N is for nana
  15. O is for obstinant
  16. P is for purple princess
  17. Q is for qauality
  18. R is for regular
  19. S is for sassy
  20. T is for transition
  21. U is for all of u my friends
  22. V is for value
  23. W is for weathering
  24. X is for e…xample
  25. Y is for youthful
  26. Z is for zydeco

My nominees:

  1. Beccagivens
  2. cindysart
  3. alistair
  4. brendamarroy
  5. clan mother
  6. renard moerau
  7. godstix

A Friday for Gratitude

Ashville botanical gardens Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2013

Ashville botanical gardens
Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2013

I love flowering trees Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2013

I love flowering trees
Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2013

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I think they look so peaceful. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2013

I think they look so peaceful. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2013

Blue Ridge Mountain  Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2013

Blue Ridge Mountain
Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2013

woodland stream. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2012

woodland stream. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio 2012


I dedicated my day today to gratitude. I have been listing in my head all I have to be grateful for and I have smiled all day. I think it may have made some people nervous. LOL. Actually, I try to be always grateful but I kept my gratitude in the forefront of my mind. Sometimes we just need to change things around a bit. It is wonderful to be more aware of what is going on around you. And to make sure you have a calm and peaceful center.


Sometimes it is good to look at an old recipe and to see it with fresh ideas. You can turn that old favorite into a tremendous dish. It works the same for family and friends. We love them and they are always there but it is a form of meditation to look at them with new eyes. To really contemplate all they mean to you each and every day.


I encourage you to try a dedicated day for gratitude and see if it isn’t a loving, eye opening experience. I hope you enjoy your day and find yourself smiling at the world also.





Musings on Gratitude and understanding

Understanding promotes peace

Understanding promotes peace

We all know that we need to be grateful for our lives. It is easy when everything is going well. When life gets rough, it can be harder. Sometimes it is easy to overlook the blessings because they arrive without fanfare.

I have begun a Gratitude journal. I write down five things every day to be grateful for. I found that some days it was hard. I looked around and saw nothing to be grateful for. Then I realized that the most important things to be grateful for, are the little things. As I broadened my thinking, I realized my life was full of simple gifts and blessings. I had just simply been overlooking them.

I may not always feel loved or understood. I often have health issues and mobility issues .As I began to pull back and see the entire picture of my life, I saw many small blessings that threaded themselves throughout my life. Coming to understand this concept has enriched me and my life. No matter what is happening in life, I can now always see the blessings that fill my life.

Sometimes it is still something for me to work on. What I find though is that the Divine gives us many tiny yet huge blessings to be grateful for.

As I have gone through this experience, I have realized just how rich I am. I saw how much more understanding I can give to others.That brings more understanding from others to me. The ultimate result is peace. Peace in my heart and mind.

It is important to understand how these mental and spiritual exercises adds to the peace in my life and that peace fills me and I can pass it on to the people in my life. They can pass it on to others in their lives. Peace is a daily quest and we need to work on it every day.

Yes, we all know that peace takes action as well as understanding and gratitude. These actions must never be based on hatred and violence. Dialog between all of us and the blogs we write are ways to work toward peace.


I am grateful for all of my readers and the people who have become friends. I am very grateful for you allowing me to experience pieces of your lives. I am grateful for all I have learned from you. I wish many blessings for all my readers around the world.

” We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot force.”
—–Marion Wright Edelman

“You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known a Brotherhood (Sisterhood), however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it.”
——-Faith Baldwin


Working for Peace and Harmony in Our Time

Working for Peace and Harmony in Our Time


Hibiscus by Stephanie and Photo by Barbara Mattio

” Blessed sister, holy mother, spirit of the fountain,
spirit of the garden,
Suffer us not to mock ourselves with falsehood
Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still
Even among these rocks.
Our peace in his will
And even among these rocks
Sister, mother,
And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea.
Suffer me not to be separated
And let my cry come unto Thee.”
——–T.S. Eliot

Photo by Barbara Mattio

“Lord, make this world to last as long as possible.”
—-Prayer of an eleven year old child,
on hearing of Sino-Indian border fighting.

Everyone can have Peace

We all want peace in our world. My hope would be that one day every sentient being will live in peace and light. We hope for it and we pray for it. Doesn’t seem enough. You can’t make people be peaceful.

I believe that creating peace in the world begins with each of us. Yes, I know it sounds like a cliche, but it is true none the less. We all have reasons in our lives that cause us not to have peace.

The past is one set of problems. Statistically, 30% of the average persons’ time is spent thinking about the past. What has happened to us, what we feel guilty about that perhaps we can’t fix. We have old tapes that run from the past and create triggers in the present. People push the triggers and our bodies and minds remember. Meditation is a big help and thousands of us are today using meditation as a means of being centered and balanced. The inner landscape also brings us into communion with the Divine. Quantum scientists now tell us that every cell in our bodies carries all of our memories.
That is staggering to me. They also state that with just 1 human cell that they can recreate the entire Universe. Why? We are all within each other. I am in the butterfly and the butterfly is within me. The Beloved is within me and I am within the Beloved. It is recommended that everyday, you make some silence and with intent give your past to the light. To the Universe, God, Goddess, Divine Energy. Whatever you are comfortable calling it. But doing it does loosen the “ties that bind” us to the past and the negativity which is part of why we lack inner peace.
If each sentient being would do this everyday, we would each have peace within our souls. That peace would radiate outward spreading peace to all who come into our own world. As they feel more peace, it will radiate from them to others in their worlds. The pattern happens millions of times over and over and the result is World Peace.
I don’t mean to make this sound like some easy peasy gimmick The first time I gave my past to the light—just having the intention and saying the words, I felt something loosen in my chest. It was a physical response to what my mind was doing. There is no magic formula for world peace, but each day, it can begin with each of us.

“Dear God,
I won’t spend one more day in fear,
Today I will not be limited by negative thoughts,
I will recognize the beauty you have surrounded me with,
Today I will be free of unrealistic expectations of myself and others.
Today I will stay in the present moment and practice gratitude for all
of my blessings, large and microscopic.”
—-Barbara Mattio