Words of wisdom from more than a century ago

English garden project with red and orange blooming perennials

I love to read. Years before I even learned the letters, I've been "reading" the stories from picture books to my childhood friends. All those stories were a magic place which I was able to go to, at any time, and immerse myself into a different kind of life, in another world and another time. Precious...

The Palladian Bridge, Stowe Gardens, PD

Recently I've been spending my free moments in an English secret garden with Mistress Mary, Mester Collin, Dickon and his creature friends. Every time I turned on my Kindle, these kids and their actions made me smile. Although I'm well familiar with the movie adaptation of the story, reading the original text was a real treat and I enjoyed every page tremendously.

The whole book read like a guide to happy living to me, filled with cheerful and healthy life attitude, with wonderful descriptions of nature, innocent children's thoughts​ and deeds, and colorful characters. 


That is, until I was almost at the end of the book and discovered a passage with so much wisdom, outright spelled out. The words are telling exactly what the most advanced spiritual teachers today are preaching. However, this text was written more than a century ago. Yet it took my breath away.​

I had to go back and read it over and over again.​ Still, I was speechless and so thankful for discovering another precious gem, the law of the Universe, explained in plain English - in the children's book!

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 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 see it can be done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries a​go.

One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts - 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.

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

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Most of all Daria enjoys creating, designing, taking photos of, writing about and sharing all the beautiful, cheerful things and moments. She finds them everywhere she goes. And tons of fun people, too!