Quotes from the Common Bowl

Word Roots: 

-to begin or take up again, as an acquaintance, a conversation, etc.; resume.
-to make effective for an additional period:
-to renew a lease. 
-to restore or replenish:
-to renew a stock of goods. to make, say, or do again. 


May the tears I cried last year be nourishment to the soil of this new year. 

Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. 
~Maya Angelou

Whether something lasts or not has nothing to do with whether it’s made of stone or steel or wood or fabric. A house built all in wood can be a monument that lasts for hundreds of years because it seduces people to live in it, to use it and maintain it. Eternity depends on whether people are willing to take care of something. In Greece, ordinary white houses are repainted every year. Today we are often told to use materials and structures that are free of maintenance. But no building can be neglected entirely. We need constantly to renew our relationships — to the houses we live in, to our friends, to our own bodies — all the time, every day.
~Werner Herzog 

It was my conviction and determination that the church would be a resource for activists — a mission fundamentally perceived. To me it was important that individuals who were in the thick of the struggle for social change would be able to find renewal and fresh courage in the spiritual resources of the church. 
~Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman (quoted in Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed’s Black Pioneers

I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged, damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room. 
~May Sarton, from Journal of a Solitude 

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. 
~Maria Robinson 

Sometimes with the bones of the black sticks left when the fire has gone out someone has written something new in the ashes of your life.
~David Whyte 

In rare moments of deep play, we can lay aside our sense of self, shed time’s continuum, ignore gain, and sit quietly in the absolute present, watching the world’s ordinary miracles. No mind or heart hobbles. No analyzing or explaining. No questing for logic. No promises. No goals. No relationships. No worry. 
~Dianne Ackerman, from Deep Play 

A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.
~Virginia Woolf 

(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2020 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘Renewal’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)