In one of the issues of Seasons of the Soul print edition, I took quotations and created small articles from each as a reminder that when we see a quote, it is a seed thought that prompts us to think about what has been stated in relation to our own lives.
Seed thoughts are wonderful reminders to look a little deeper. We have our own question and inquiry process that arise as a result of a moving quotation, and we can often find ourselves thinking about something we would otherwise not have given time to, but is enriching or expanding us as a result of reading it and taking time to ponder its message.
A fun exercise is to create slips of paper with quotations on them and then fold them up and toss them in a jar or bowl. We can take one a day out of the container and use that particular quote as a seed thought for the day, focusing on its message as we deal with the opportunities and challenges that arise.
Another interesting approach is to find themes in our own lives that reoccur, and find quotes from the experiences we’ve had that are memorable and meaningful to us.
Quotations are not just from famous people, they are from all of us. And today’s quote can become the seed thought of tomorrow’s creative idea that leads us to new or expanded vistas in our thinking and actions.
Quotations are meant to enrich us, and when we take time with them, their intention is fulfilled, so next time you see a quotation, think about it and how it relates to your life and way of perceiving. Play with it or practice it, and see where it leads. Who knows what bright idea might come as a result!