I have always wanted to help people, but on reflection, I often did not know the best way to help someone … or even myself.
But that is changing as I am changing … indeed, has changed as I have learnt to help myself … along with helping others in the ways they truly need that are quite often not the obvious ways that were fuelled by my judgment and a need to control … help … others in the way I thought they needed … because of my own big ego that was trying to make up for a deeply rooted low self-worth … a very low Respect Level.
Raised Catholic, my youth was filled with conflict fuelled by the talk of love but also by the actions of cruel discipline, including harsh words, intense judgment, low tolerance, much ignorance, and a lot of physical pain … which resulted, as it did for many other Catholics, in my abandoning not only Catholicism but also God … leaving all in the dust created by my fast exit to be free of the pain.
The scientist inside of me rose up to fill the void left by my no longer believing in more than just our natural world. Logic and practicality attempted to dominate, but suppressed emotions often got in the way of even the scientific way of thinking.
Plus, there were the gaps and craters created by the discord between emotions and hard facts … that I discovered many of us are experiencing in a world that is picking up speed as if it were on a downhill track with no safety features in place to break our impending falls
This increasing awareness, combined with the deep desire … the compassion … to help people, plus the logical and practical knowledge gained from scientific study and analysis resulted, not in the return to faith and God or Catholicism, but to the development of one idea … one concept … that has the power to overcome any boundaries erected by any belief system precisely because it is not based on a belief system … but on one principle … one foundation we can add all of our beliefs upon.
A foundation strong enough to support our diversity as we build a stronger world … based on valuing … respecting each other … only stepping in against others who act disrespectful and harm other life.
The global initiative, based on the foundational book, Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE, is designed to build that foundation we need.
Yet interestingly, as my Respect Level has grown, not only have I been given the concept of Respect as a foundation, a return to a spiritual life has revealed that under the foundation of Respect is an even stronger foundation … Love … which I was not aware of when I created the image I created in 2007 and posted a few days ago.
As a social scientist and philosopher, I now easily see the logical and practical benefits of valuing … respecting every life, while at the same time, as a renewed believer in Christ, one with a new understanding of what it means to be not only spiritual, but also a Christian, I now easily see not only the logic and practicality of helping the oppressed, the needy, the broken by being respectful … I now know how easy it is to actually put love into action … simply start by seeing ourselves … and everyone else as valuable … worthy of respect … because I have learned when we build on that foundation, we add to the strength of the underlying foundation we all want to believe supports us … Love.
I invite you to participate in an experiment … start treating everyone you come in contact with as valuable … worthy of your respect … not admiration … just respect … and watch what comes back to you … how the results impact your own quality of life. I dare you.
December 3, 2014
Kaitlin Ann Trepanier
The RESPECT SPECIALIST … AUTHOR … PLAYWRIGHT … KEYNOTE SPEAKER … CONSULTANT
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