December 2020 Touchstones Readings From the Common Bowl

December 1: “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Mother Teresa

December 2: “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain

December 3: “Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” ~ David Mitchell

December 4: “Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave, and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.” ~ Alice Childress

December 5: “Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.” ~ R.J. Palacio

December 6: “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—’God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’” ~ KurtVonnegut

December 7: “But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.” ~ Rick Riordan

December 8: “All I’m saying is, kindness don’t have no boundaries.” ~ Kathryn Stockett

December 9: “People shouldn’t have to earn kindness. They should have to earn cruelty.” ~ Maggie Stiefvater

December 10: “Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?” ~ Sam Harris

December 11: “The best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless unremembered acts of kindness and love.” ~ William Wordsworth

December 12: “Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.” ~ David Levithan

December 13: “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu

December 14: “You can either practice being right or practice being kind.” ~ Anne Lamott

December 15: “The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

December 16: “I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.” ~ Mother Teresa

December 17: “You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.” ~ Victor Hugo

December 18: “The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.” ~ Amy Poehler

December 19: “What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

December 20: “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

December 21: “Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” ~ George Sand

December 22: “…if anything matters then everything matters. Because you are important, everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, your purposes are accomplished and nothing will be the same again.” ~ William Paul Young

December 23: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

December 24: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” ~ Blanche DuBois/Tennessee Williams

December 25: “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” ~ Confucius

December 26: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

December 27: “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

December 28: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” ~ Mother Teresa

December 29: “Love is doing a kindness for someone else, not expecting to receive anything in return.” ~ Sylvain Reynard

December 30: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

December 31: “Kind people have a way of working their way inside me and rooting there.” ~ Suzanne Collins