Ever Heard the Whole “Sodom” Story?

Raised and educated in Catholic churches and schools, my memory recollects the focus of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah as the cities God annihilated because of sexual perversions.

Yet, since reading the Bible myself, I discovered the whole “Sodom” story in Ezekiel 16: 49. To respect copyright law, I’ll paraphrase. Basically because Sodom citizens were prosperous they ate what they wanted, did what they wanted, which included doing nothing or only leisure activities for their own pleasure … plus they did nothing to help the less fortunate either which angered God enough to destroy them all.

As a returning Christian believer, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn God’s teachings uncensored or sullied by interpretations, some with good intentions, but many others to create their own following in order to reap the benefits themselves.

Regardless of my own spiritual beliefs though, from a logical, practical, scientific perspective of cause and effect or a general metaphysical belief of karma or what goes around comes around, the same message is clear … self-centeredness and overindulgence with food and activities for our own satisfaction only, will manifest our own demise, individually and collectively … either through God’s direct hand or through the more subtle methods of social, economic, and environmental disasters and collapses.

This is not the world I want to live in and die in, want for my loved ones, or anybody … and probably not the one you truly want either … for yourself and your next generations.

Self assessment is a good thing, as is growing into wisdom from the knowledge gained directly or from others. It also demonstrates a higher than lower Respect Level.

And it is more rewarding than you may think it would be … Connecting the Dots … with The Respect Principle.

March 16, 2016

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier … The Respect Specialist, Humanitarian, Social Entrepreneur, Creative, and Writer. The social business venture creates, publishes, and produces books, products, and services to free potential based on the concept and global initiative “Connecting the Dots … with The Respect Principle.”

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A Simple Transformational Belief … and a Dare

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

REMEMBER to Connect … with RESPECT by ordering your copy of Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE NOW … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED. © All rights reserved 2014.

Dynamic Duo! Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE and Suze Orman’s The MONEY CLASS

It does not matter how much money we make, without a high enough RESPECT LEVEL, we will still spend more than we make. Speaking from experience and the debt statistics, especially credit card debt and mortgage debt, many of us have at times acted like children given a free rein in a candy shop … ultimately making ourselves sick by not having a high enough RESPECT LEVEL empowering us to make good financial decisions … forcing us to feel sick to our stomach, either from all the junk we have eaten or because of the overdue bills that keep arriving in our mailbox.

Even after achieving Honours in Business Administration at age twenty-nine, I still did not get it. What I did get was a much better income and because conditioned ways of thinking about money and debt were still rooted in my mind, I also generated a lot more debt … because that is what we do, so the statistics stories say is true.

Even when I wanted to change my lifestyle and career to set my life on a better course doing what I wanted to do, the old way of thinking was still rooted deep in me and I made many more not-so-great choices that negatively affected my life and the lives of many others.

And even a few years ago, though my RESPECT LEVEL had risen some because of my dedicated efforts, I realized too late I was still facing the same foe … and though I had been free and clear of debt for years, back on the same horse I climbed and piled up debt once again that I have to get out of again.

But this time, to the rescue came an increasing RESPECT LEVEL for myself and others and a determination to break the bonds of such low thinking. One important tool aiding the mindset change is the wealth of knowledge Suze Orman provides in her 2010 book, The Money Class.

Near the end of her book, Suze’s comment that reading her book may have felt like an intense university course was right on the mark. Her book, The Money Class, is a valuable resource and guide that I studied by writing copious notes because I remember the most effectively and efficiently when I write things out. To my studies, I brought a very open and eager mind desiring to learn how to be different when it comes to my relationship with money, a willingness to acknowledge I did not know everything about money management, and in fact, the admission there was a lot I did not know, from teaching children how to manage money, to funding their college funds, when to start saving for retirement and how, plus what kind of insurance to buy for one’s lifetime.

Suze is a kind, compassionate, yet a firm teacher as her core philosophy shows: People first, money second, things third.

For years, because of my low RESPECT LEVEL, like many other people I put people first, usually ahead of myself, things second and money last but as I am building the highest RESPECT LEVEL I have ever had, my core belief about money is shifting to Suze’s philosophy on money in our lives … and one day, the financial wealth I always dreamed of but did not believe was possible will be mine, especially now that God is in the mix too. As I am discovering, The Bible has lots of financial guidance too and stories of unparalleled success when one lines up with His advice on money matters.

After my studies and transformed thoughts about money and its effective management, I firmly believe Suze’s book, The Money Class, broken down in sections, should be part of the education system from middle school to high school and onward into colleges and universities … that is, if we want a more responsible and viable economic community built on the strengths of solid financial knowledge and a high enough RESPECT LEVEL to make debt, particularly the debilitating kind, a thing of the past … I know I am and even just the idea of that freedom fills me with such peace and amazement … I so look forward to that day, yet I am also enjoying the journey of becoming debt free by starting with the changing of my mindset.

These two things alone will radically change our world for the better. I hope it does yours, for the ones you love and even for those you just respect … value … because they are people just trying to do the best they can too.

April 16, 2014

Kaitlin A. Trepanier
http://www.kaitlinatrepanier.com

All Rights Reserved by DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS/KAITLIN A. TREPANIER … Advocate, Creative Writer and The RESPECT SPECIALIST responsible for the creation of the global initiative Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED.