A Perspective on Empowerment

Raised a Catholic, I witnessed what I judged as hypocrisy that turned me away from religion and God. After exploring many other beliefs, now I know it was not the hypocrisy as much as it was ignorance on many people’s parts, plus my throwing the baby (God) with the bathwater (man’s interpretations).

My return to faith in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit has been a difficult and challenging experience for my dominant logical and practical mind, yet my return to faith has also strengthened my inherent compassion for all people, regardless of their beliefs, and therefore something I embrace wholeheartedly because even before I returned to God I believed every person, every life, should be respected simply for being a life and then our world would be a better place for us all. Of course, when I started reading the Bible for myself I discovered respect for all people is God’s desire also.

Whatever you believe, I share my poem/prayer not to offend, but to encourage and inspire celebration as an expression to God of my gratitude for adding so much joy to my life, empowering me to thrive in a world where people are disrespected in many ways and so I can do my part to change the world’s core principle of disrespect to respect.

Oh Heavenly Father

Thank you

for being like

an eagle with eaglets,

at first making our nests

comfy, safe, and warm,

but then, out of love,

piece by piece

removing the comfy bits

so we don’t want to stay

in the nest anymore.

 

Thank you too

for even pushing us

out of our safe nests

and then racing to catch

us as we fall towards the ground.

 

And most of all,

gratefully we cry out

our thank you

for not giving up on us

until we realize we are

not to live so bound

but are to flap our wings to fly –

to soar as you created us to do.

 

In sweet Jesus’s name, Amen.

Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, April 2019

 

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Writer, Founder and President of Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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September 8, 2019

 

 

 

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When We Expect People to Be Like Us …

When we expect people to be like us, we do not allow people to be themselves; therefore we make life more difficult for us all. Of course there are important social norms that allow us to function as a collective, but when those social norms restrict individuality, those same social norms inhibit or prevent our ability to be humane.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Writer, Founder and President of

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

© All Rights Reserved 2014-2019 

August 12, 2019

“RECLAIMING FRIENDSHIP: A Visual Taxonomy of Platonic Relationships to Counter the Commodification of the Word “Friend””

Being “liked” on social media is nice … however, having a real friend who likes, accepts, and forgives our not being perfect is rare and far beyond just being nice. It is what we all hunger for in a world that is becoming less tangibly real.

Read Maria Popova’s Brainpickings article shared on Pocket @

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/reclaiming-friendship-a-visual-taxonomy-of-platonic-relationships-to-counter-the-commodification-of?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Also check out the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary definitions to pick the type of friend you want to have and want to be …

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/friend

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Advocate Educator Writer Social Entrepreneur & Founder

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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April 12, 2019

What a Different World and Different Race WE HAVE the POWER to Become

This Filmmaker, Deeyah Khan, Spent Months Interviewing neo-Nazis and Jihadists. Here’s What She Learned

Part of the reason people subscribe to these movements is that they feel shunned in their lives, in their personal lives or in wider society. These movements are deeply rooted in a sense of victimhood, real or imagined. So if we exclude them, if we shout at them, if we condemn them, that completely feeds into that. And then the monster gets bigger, not smaller.

I tried to understand the core psychological draw of these movements. I found that a sense of belonging or purpose was a major factor. These people join these groups and suddenly they have a sense of meaning in life, a belief that they matter, that their voice matters. It’s as though they were once invisible and now they’re seen.

https://www.vox.com/world/2019/1/14/18151799/extremism-white-supremacy-jihadism-deeyah-khan

Most of these men get so much attention once they do something horrible, or once they say something horrible. Before that, they’re invisible. And I think there is something really powerful in that, and perhaps that says more about us as a society than it does about them. But it ought to give us pause when we shower extremist groups with constant media attention.

The more somebody is shunned and pushed away from the country they live in, the more you are actually pushing them into the arms of extremists, of people who wish these kids, and the rest of us, harm.

It matters when you are able to extend it to somebody who might not deserve it, or who you might not like or might not agree with. Otherwise, we become just like them — and, in the process, do their bidding.

On a personal note, being made fun of, rejected, harmed, shunned and eventually made to feel invisible because of experienced traumas and how they affected my personality type ignited, stoked, and maintained a deep-seated rage against humanity for many years of my life.

Yet my deep-seated care about people, especially the rejected, the oppressed, and the discarded, like me, also fuelled the desire to find a viable solution to help break this debilitating-to-all insanity.

Eventually my passion to manifest positive change overrode and dis-empowered the harmful rage and turned into a powerful tool dedicated to transforming respect from something only some people are given for a reason or reasons selected by a person or group of people to a global principle because it is the only way to peace … and respect is the only way back into love.

This I know as truth from experience and as a result, want to share so all others will one day truly know they by their own experience they are valuable … simply for being a life.

What a different world and different race we have the power to become … together.

Shared by …

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Innovator Founder Social Entrepreneur Producer Publisher Writer Artist Speaker

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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January 18, 2019

“Why We LOVE, Why We Cheat

 

Thankfully, with this knowledge and our conscious decisions to not cheat, we are empowered to overcome our biology.

Shared by …

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Innovator Founder Social Entrepreneur Producer Publisher Writer Artist Speaker

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

© All Rights Reserved 2014-2018 

December 30, 2018