Me and my girl have just finished reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. My word it's good! A delightfully gorgeous story. I don't remember if I ever read it when I was younger and I'd warrant that this was in actual fact, my first time through because none of it seemed familiar. The messages within those pages, however, those I know well and how I loved discovering them in this book.
Our edition was printed in 1983 but the first publication was released in Great Britain in 1911. One hundred and three years ago my friends and yet so many of us today, in our modern technologically advanced world, are still learning the obvious truths written in those pages.
If you'll please allow me to quote my absolute favourite passage from the beginning of the final chapter...
"In each century since the beginning of the world wonderful things have been discovered. In the last century more amazing things were found out than in any other century before. In this new century hundreds of things still more astounding will be brought to light. At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can't be done, then they see it can be done - then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago. One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thought - just mere thoughts - are as powerful as electric batteries - as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live" *
"Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow." **
Bingo Ms. Burnett!
It's so easy for our mindless mental chatter to blabber away as we go about our days. We all forget to pay attention to our thoughts, even Ms. Burnett who it seems lived a rather troubled life. However, I know I'm not the only one out there who is becoming more and more aware of this inner power. I have marvelous reminders framed and pinned around my house and a shelf of books packed with teachings from insightful and inspirational souls. Beneath all happiness and positive thinking is one simple thing. One thing well worth dwelling upon several thousand times per day until it is seeped so deeply to the core of our being that we can find it even in the most adverse of circumstances. What is it?
Well my dear friends, in my humble opinion, it is Gratitude! So with that parting thought, I wish to express my sincere thanks for joining me here today and wherever you are in this incredible world I hope you have a truly joyful weekend.
* The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, pages 194-195 * The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, page 196