Seed thoughts are the little positive quotes that keep me smiling, calm, patient and focused. In the morning, I choose a quote that will help me through the adversity of the day. My three favorite quotes so far are by Jacob Cullinane, Terence, and William James.

Cullinane wrote, “The truth is I am the only one I know for sure I’m going to spend the rest of my life with, so it would be a good thing to love and cherish my inner self, my accomplishments, and my talents.” 

This quote reminds me every day to look at the good I have done and to focus on what I can do better, instead of looking at where and how I went wrong. It also reminds me to learn the truth about myself and to grow to love myself for all that I am and will become.

Terence, a Roman playwright, wrote: “There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance.”

I have a tendency to say that I’m the worst at math, and that I have no chance of getting above a C. With that attitude, I don’t get above a C, and the math looks like a whole different language. When I think of this quote during, or especially before math class, I remember that I have to willingly allow my brain to calculate the problem like I know it can. Once I allow it to do its work, I get above a B, and I feel more confident in my math skills.

William James once said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.”

I think of this quote when I feel disdain or discontent with someone around me, or something I’m asked to do or fix. I can take what others have done to me and spit it back in their faces, or I can take a lesson from it and do unto them as I would like them to do unto me. Instead of taking the attitude that “I won’t do this because…” I can simply say, “I will do this because….” It’s a great alternative to make my life better and to have more harmony with those around me.

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