On Seeds

Seedsa seemingly simple biological design for promoting the continuation of a species that also displays beauty, yet its complexity also serves as a useful metaphor

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds. (Khalil Gibran)


If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me. (William Shakespeare)

Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities – that’s training or instruction – but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed. (Thomas Moore)

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds. (Norman Vincent Peale)

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. (Confucius)

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers, as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring. (William Alexander)

When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown. (Stephen Jay Gould)

Seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them. (Joseph Henry)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. (Morihei Ueshiba)
The way to activate the seeds of your creation is by making choices about the results you want to create. (Robert Fritz)
Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth. (Susan L. Taylor)
To see things in the seed, that is genius. (Lao Tzu)
I enjoy ornamental grasses, and these images are from my neighborhood. Do you have a favorite picture or saying here? If I didn’t list your favorite seed saying, feel free to share it.

On a Special Phrase

Some refer to Garrison Keillor as the Great American Storyteller. As an author, writer, satirist, and humorist, Keillor is not only heard on NPR, but also seen on PBS specials and as a guest performer with orchestras.

Best known for A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor’s mellow voice drew me into Writer’s Almanac, a 10-minute program about people born on this day and an accompanying poem. I stumbled across this show when tuning in early to a music show. Keillor ends Writer’s Almanac each show with the same phrase that resonates with – “Be Good, Do Good Work, and Keep in Touch.” Below on some thoughts on this phrase, so feel free to add yours in the comments.

On Be Well

  • Take care of yourself physically, mentally, socially, spiritually
  • How do you solve problems?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • How do you balance a life of physical health, intellectual/professional needs, family, spiritual, social, and self?
  • How do you manage time?
  • How do you handle the synergy of new ideas, resources, and relationships?

Do Good Work

  • Be generous
  • Volunteer
  • Unconditionally feed the hungry, the needy, and the hardness of heart
  • Demonstrate hospitality
  • Meet work duties in a positive and responsible
  • Continue to learn
  • Respectfully treat co-workers, customers, friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, and strangers
  • Realize that every interaction impacts someone else
  • Being first class doesn’t cost that much more

On Keep in Touch

  • Get to know someone
  • Be in-tune to personal changes
  • Build rapport
  • Respectfully use modern electronic ways to communicate and network
  • Couples – Use Date Night as time away from the kids
  • Greet and thank others
  • Send a card for a holiday, a celebration, a time of need, or just tell someone you were thinking about them
  • Say hello if you in their area
  • Remember, global connections are making the world smaller