Author Archives: Bob Patrick

Humility: Personal Work

True humility is always personal work. As interconnected as I believe that we human and other beings are with one another, when it comes to this thing we call humility, the working of it, the owning it, the practicing of … Continue reading

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Humility: Good Questions

In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go? ~ Jack Kornfield We might differ on what matters the most in the end, but these three … Continue reading

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Humility: Leveling the Field

Compassion is not condescension, but a leveling of the playing field, a recognition of yourself in others and an acceptance that their stress is your stress, that their happiness is your own. The gulf between us all is imaginary, born … Continue reading

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Humility: Strong, Like the Earth

Humility.  Humble.  Humiliate.  Humus.  That last word is not the good, golden stuff made from chick peas!  (that’s hummus).  Humus is the starting place for a discussion on humility.  We have talked about this in our services recently at the … Continue reading

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Love: Destroying Enemies?

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them my friends?” Abraham Lincoln. I have in my notes that this was quoted at the morning service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett five years ago today.  It raised … Continue reading

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Love: Habits

I am paying a little more attention these days to the habits that leave their mark on my life.  Recently, what was our last family pet, a beloved dog, passed away.  I say “last family pet” because, at 18, she … Continue reading

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Justice: Mirror or Glass?

We told this story as part of our service yesterday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett. In Hasidic tradition there is a beautiful story that illustrates the moral danger implicit in mirrors. A very rich young man went to … Continue reading

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Justice: Digging In

Justice shows up, finally, where we decide to dig in.  I rather think this last kind is a product of the first two.  1) I know because I am human.  2) I understand, eventually, because I struggle.  And then, with … Continue reading

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Justice: Hidden in Reaction

Justice shows up–sort of hiding at times–in what we resist and in what confuses us. Because I have not experienced everything, because I don’t have all knowledge, because being human also means living with limitations, there are things that you … Continue reading

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Justice: Naturally

Justice shows up naturally.  In everything that I want and need for myself, I know in some respect what you want and need for yourself.  I can even make the assumption that the things that I need and want for … Continue reading

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