Life lessons come in unexpected packages.
Take yesterday, for example. I was peering into my nightly stack of “I’m-going-to-eventually-get-to-these-books,” when I came across the yellow covered copy of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. The only reason why I hadn’t finished yet, is that I did what I normally do when I’m infatuated with a book. I read it slowly as if each word were being analyzed with a microscope. I would ponder over an author’s choice of one word over another, for example or got lost in why a particular passage was so magical, so descriptively perfect.
When I picked up where I left off, I was enchanted by the beginning of the last chapter, which started with this:
“[M]ere 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.”
This may seem a little simplistic to you. It is a children’s book after all. But for me, I was struck by how profound it was-that it captured how often we allow our negative perceptions become truths and our fears and unknowns become reality.
Just something to think about this week as I leave you with another round of top posts.
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