February 2022 Touchstones Readings From the Common Bowl

February 2022 Touchstones Ministry Theme: Power

February 1: “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.” ~ John Steinbeck

February 2: “I tell my students, …if you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.” ~ Toni Morrison

February 3: “We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.” ~ Margaret Atwood

February 4: “Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

February 5: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” ~ Marianne Williamson

February 6: “With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.” ~ Rick Riordan

February 7: “…Even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.” ~ Stephen Chbosky

February 8: “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.” ~ J.K. Rowling

February 9: “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” ~ Lao Tzu

February 10: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~ Alice Walker

February 11: “…Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.” ~ J.K. Rowling

February 12: “You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

February 13: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!” ~ William Hutchinson Murray

February 14: “The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness, and human responsibility.” ~ Václav Havel

February 15: “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

February 16: “But remember …that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.” ~ Rick Riordan

February 17: “Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own.” ~ Joss Whedon

February 18: “If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world.” ~ Emmet Fox

February 19: “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power.” ~ Unknown

February 20: “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

February 21: “When you blame others, you give up your power….” ~ Robert Anthony

February 22: “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

February 23: “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ~ Audre Lorde

February 24: “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” ~ Randy Pausch

February 25: “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor Frankl

February 26: “Power isn’t control at all, power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” ~ Beth Revis

February 27: “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” ~ Mary Oliver

February 28: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” ~ Frederick Douglass

Bonus Day: “This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you.” ~ Susan Polis Schutz

Bonus Day: “We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness, and affection.” ~ Brené Brown

Bonus Day: “I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night….” ~ J.G. Ballard