January 2022 Touchstones Readings From the Common Bowl

January 2022 Touchstones Ministry Theme: Renewal

January 1: “The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists. How to support that possibility in others and in ourselves is the ultimate question.” ~ Gabor Maté

January 2: “The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” ~ Wendell Berry

January 3: “Renewal of the mind is good for the soul because it allows you to be focused and gain understanding of your life choices. It allows you to renew your spirit and become uplifted, filled with hope.” ~ Amaka Imani Nkosazana

January 4: “Each harvest renews promises made in the spring. We live with the continuing cycle. This gives us a taste of eternity.” ~ Don Kladstrup

January 5: “Every individual needs revolution, inner division, overthrow of the existing order, and renewal….” ~ C.G. Jung

January 6: “With every breath, the old moment is lost; a new moment arrives. This is meditation. This is renewal. This is life.” ~ Lama Surya Das

January 7: “We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

January 8: “Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.” ~ Pearl S. Buck

January 9: “I can hardly wait for tomorrow; it means a new life for me each and every day.” ~ Stanley Kunitz

January 10: “Renew thyself completely each day.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

January 11: “He found that worry was a completely renewable resource. The more he had, the more he got.” ~ Alex London

January 12: “It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon …[our] hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully …renews a weary spirit.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

January 13: “The mountain has left me feeling renewed, more content and positive than I’ve been for weeks, …as if my eyes have opened once again.” ~ Richard Nelson

January 14: “Amazingly, even in midst of trauma, people continue to smile, to love, to celebrate, to create, and to renew.” ~ David B. Feldman

January 15: “Renewal requires opening yourself up to new ways of thinking and feeling.” ~ Deborah Day

January 16: “Every breath is a sacrament, an affirmation of our connection with all other living things, a renewal of our link with our ancestors and a contribution to generations yet to come.” ~ David Suzuki

January 17: “When it seems humanly impossible to do more in a difficult situation, surrender yourself to the inner silence and … wait …for a renewal of inner strength.” ~ Paul Brunton

January 18: “She imagined herself as some sort of vessel to be filled up with love. But it wasn’t like that. The love was within her all the time, and its only renewal came from giving it away.” ~ Kim Edwards

January 19: “The obstacles in our path are …redirecting us. Their purpose …is to point us toward new routes to our happiness, new possibilities, new doorways.” ~ Barbara De Angelis

January 20: “It is through beauty, poetry and visionary power that the world will be renewed.” ~ Maria Tatar

January 21: “You’re spending your life without renewing it. …You’re spending your vitality without making any. Can’t go on you know.” ~ D.H. Lawrence

January 22: “People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. Never throw out anybody.” ~ Sam Levenson

January 23: “Taking time to rest, renew, and refresh yourself isn’t wasted time. Recharge. Choose what energizes you.” ~ Melody Beattie

January 24: “Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience.” ~ Paul Cézanne

January 25: “Life lived amidst …busyness needs leisure. Leisure that …renews. Leisure should be a time to think new thoughts, not ponder old ills.” ~ C. Neil Strait

January 26: “There is nothing like a newborn baby to renew your spirit—and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place.” ~ Virginia Kelley

January 27: “Let go of your disappointments, mistakes and failures. May you find complete healing, renewed spiritual strength, and courage to begin again.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

January 28: “I do think you have to change with the times in a way that renews your core essence, not abandons it. To change for the sake of change—without an anchor—that is mere faddishness. It will only lead you further astray.” ~ Richard Morais

January 29: “It is so important that we renew our minds constantly ‘coz by doing so we’ll be able to see things as they are, not as they might seem. If we renew our minds, we have a better chance at seeing the opportunities hidden within each storm….” ~ Rafael Garcia

January 30: “Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” ~ Dale Turner

January 31: “With each breathe we take, we renew our commitment to stay in life. With each thought we think. …we decide what kind of life we will live.” ~ L.G. Space