The opening line of the September 10th entry “Setting Your Own Pace” in Sarah Ban Breathnach “Simple Abundance … A Daybook of Comfort and Joy” published 1995 by Warner Books is quoted from novelist Anne Tyler.
“One sad thing about this world is that the acts that take the most out of you are usually the ones that other people will never know about.”
“Arriving to pick up her children at school one afternoon, she was met by another mother who casually asked, “Have you found work yet? Or art you still just writing?”
Sarah herself wrote, “Simply because you do it doesn’t mean the rest of the world will think it’s wonderful or even worthwhile. The sooner you realize that other people won’t necessarily bless or appreciate your efforts to follow your calling, the happier you’ll be. A lot of people … including your partner and children … might wonder aloud for years if you’re ever going to become sensible again. No, you’re not. So shrug off their skepticism with a smile and go back to mining your acre of diamonds.”
“Remember the prophetess is rarely recognized in her own household.”
Personally, over the years I have worked many part-time jobs in order to have the time to discover me, the gifts I wanted to develop for the path I wanted to take, once I realized I was living for everyone else and their approval.
The past few years as I’ve been working on writing, preparing business plans, and applying for grants for the company and global initiative, Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle, I’ve bartered my rent by buying groceries, preparing meals, doing all the clean up, some light housekeeping, re-organization, downsizing, driving or accompanying the driver, plus snow shoveling and grass cutting. I also volunteered for medical studies, receive a very small pension I took early, and when needed, I rely on food banks and church dinners to get me through.
My family and many old friends no longer or never did encourage me. Instead they have cut me out of the social loops.
Instead I am supported by one friend I’ve known for sixteen years and mostly encouraged by others, like Sarah, Anne, and many more who know what it is like to take a different-from-normal or expected path … for which I am extremely grateful.
Fortunately now, a restored faith in God and what I believe he put in my heart and mind to do, further helps me to keep “setting and moving at my own pace” versus the pace of other people’s expectations … because at the end of my life, I need to be able to say I lived up to the potential I was blessed with … for me and to help many others too.
Hope you will too.
Kaitlin Ann Trepanier
CONNECTING THE DOTS WITH THE RESPECT PRINCIPLE
Founder Entrepreneur Author Artist and Speaker
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September 3, 2018
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