March 2022 Touchstones Readings From the Common Bowl

March 2022 Touchstones Ministry Theme: Balance

March 1: “The aim is to balance the terror of being alive with the wonder of being alive.” ~ Carlos Castaneda

March 2: “Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.” ~ Brandon Sanderson

March 3: “Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” ~ Robert Fulghum

March 4: “How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.” ~ Tarryn Fisher

March 5: “You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.” ~ Dr. Seuss

March 6: “The final mystery is oneself. When one has weighed the sun in the balance, and measured the steps of the moon, and mapped out the seven heavens star by star, there still remains oneself. Who can calculate the orbit of his own soul?” ~ Oscar Wilde

March 7: “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” ~ Keith Urban

March 8: “A man without contradictions to balance him will soon veer off.” ~ Mark Lawrence

March 9: “This is a difficult balance, telling the truth: how much to share, how much to keep, which truths will wound but not ruin, which will cut too deep to heal.” ~ Ally Condie

March 10: “…You’ll have to balance your goals and hopes with feeding yourself, paying debts, finding work, settling for what you can get.” ~ Neil Gaiman

March 11: “Countless words / count less / than the silent balance / between yin and yang.” ~ Lao Tzu

March 12: “The richest and fullest lives attempt to achieve an inner balance between three realms: work, love, and play.” ~ Erik Erikson

March 13: “A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.” ~ Jillian Michaels

March 14: “Without balance, a life is no longer worth the effort.” ~ Olen Steinhauer

March 15: “True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.” ~ Tom Robbins

March 16: “Value is not made of money, but a tender balance of expectation and longing.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver

March 17: “There are those wonderful moments of clarity in life when one is reminded how irreparably flawed we humans are. Once, when I was nineteen, on the subway in Boston I lost my balance slightly and bumped into an elderly woman. I quickly apologized and she replied, “Well, hold on to something, stupid.” There it is. That’s it. That’s it in a nutshell.” ~ Paula Poundstone

March 18: “Food is an important part of a balanced diet.” ~ Fran Lebowitz

March 19: “But it seemed to me that this was the way we all lived: full to the brim with gratitude and joy one day, wrecked on the rocks the next. Finding the balance between the two was the art and the salvation.” ~ Elizabeth Berg

March 20: “The re-establishment of an ecological balance depends on the ability of society to counteract the progressive materialization of values.” ~ Ivan Illich

March 21: “At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes—an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.” ~ Carl Sagan

March 22: “Do not imagine that the good you intend will balance the evil you perform.” ~ Norman Mac Donald

March 23: “I want to caution you against the idea that balance has to be a routine that looks the same week in and week out.” ~ Kevin Thoman

March 24: “War is a time out of balance. When it is truly over, we must work to restore peace and sacred harmony once again.” ~ Joseph Bruchac

March 25: “The balance of your personality is your temperament, all the biologically based tendencies that contribute to your consistent patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving.” ~ Helen Fisher

March 26: “Life had taught him about something far more complicated than justice. Its name was

balance.” ~ Carsten Jensen

March 27: “I survive by finding the sweet spot between reason and unreason, between the rational and irrational.” ~ Dean Koontz

March 28: “There’s a major fault in Western society. It makes room for only one god, and in only one gender. There’s no balance, no co-existence, no partnership.” ~ Tomson Highway

March 29: “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” ~ Frank Herbert

March 30: “How one walks through the world, the endless small adjustments of balance, is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things.” ~ Elaine Scarry

March 31: “…you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair. In the end, it’s all a question of balance.” ~ Rohinton Mistry