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

April 16, 2014

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.

Charles’s Choice, THE play to increase a school’s and community’s RESPECT LEVEL, gets a new act

April 15, 2014
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The ORIGIN
Charles’s Choice, initially written as a short story in 2002 to address bullying in schools, I adapted to a play and recorded in a studio, whose performance was contracted by a Catholic middle school and high school a few years later, but the idea was new and I brought in someone to direct the workshop who really did not get the message, which was demonstrated by how he directed the workshop.
 
The PLAY
During the past several years, the idea developed further, but initially I thought I would have to be the speaker for what I thought needed to be a 3-tiered event, composed of my presenting the Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE concept during a motivational talk prior to the play’s performance and that would be followed by a book signing event … making the event a complicated and expensive one.
 
The NEW STRATEGY … ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL NOW
The new strategy developed to reach the most schools and communities is the incorporation of the Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE idea as part of the actual play, Act I, to be presented by a person the school and community chooses for the role. Powerful on its own, the play drives home in different ways, the message, yet when combined with study of the small, yet powerful book, which can be purchased in quantities for school study, further transforms the play Charles’s Choice into the powerful change catalyst for higher RESPECT LEVELS in individuals, their families, schools and communities … all because of the topic’s high visibility and the various conveyances used to reach into the multitudes of personality types, learning and communication styles, along with the different social and cultural influences.
 
The DETAILS
The one-time performance rights for the play, Charles’s Choice, are $125.00 (U.S), plus applicable taxes. Purchase of the play also entitles a school to The RESPECT SCALE poster for their school. Volume purchases of Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE book for classroom study are also available. For schools without budget allowances, until The RESPECT PRINCIPLE Foundation is firmly established to provide funding for schools without the financial resources, the suggestion is for schools to secure local funding, sponsorships or grants.

The book’s delivery date is still pending; however the play, Charles’s Choice is to be available for delivery in May 2014.
 
The CALL to ACTION
Place not only your order today, but also set your target date to bring together your students, their families, school staff and your community together to learn, be inspired and to raise each other’s RESPECT LEVEL for every person’s plus your school’s and community’s benefit … because every child, every person, should know by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED

April 15, 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.

Poem #13 The Bargaining (Tells the story of why and how Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE came into existence and its purpose.)

April 14, 2014

Poem #13
 
The Bargaining
 
On a dark and stormy night of soul
when all seemed lost … so unfair
when all I wanted was to go home,
back to whence I came.
 
My knees gave way as body trembled,
heart quaked and tears tidaled
as I lay upon your threshold
and asked why make me stay.
 
All but given up on you,
I screamed my plea once more
… in final desperation,
I silently sighed,
if You do exist and want me to stay
in this place filled with so much pain,
then give me something …
a purpose, a reason, a tool
to keep me in this place,
this realm called earth.
 
Too hard to bear …
the sight of yet another starving child,
the story of a child abused,
and murdered too,
the face of a black and blued woman,
the angered stare of hate in jaded
men’s eyes,
the ragged bodies of street people,
who’ve given up the dream,
the waste of wealth gone wild
… a world gone mad,
insane,
so many in denial, I screamed.
 
I begged and yelled,
pleaded and demanded
and ultimately bargained too
if you want me to stay
give me a reason …
and something too
to help make the world
a better place
and to bring them back
to You.
 
Faithful You are,
You gifted me
a dream so big
to share for eternity …
a simple little thing
You do for us all
every minute we breathe …
You gifted me with
The Respect Principle
to serve humanity.
 
 
April 14, 2014

Poem #12 Whole

April 14, 2014

Poem #12
 
Whole
 
Pride,
the thing we grasp,
hold tightly to our breasts,
try to stuff inside …
fill the void
of broken hearts
and spirits …
Beaten down, beaten down
in a world
defining our value
by things, acquisitions,
titles, status …
anything
to make us feel
… whole …
not the hole
this world of
disrespect
digs.
 
April 14, 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.

Poem #11 Promises, Promises

April 14, 2014

Poem #11
 
Promises, Promises
 
Fickle, fickle,
the promises of man,
women too, are not exempt.
Love, love you,
love this, love that,
… till we don’t
love you, love that.
 
Promises, promises,
love, oh I do,
until, until
you no longer can.
 
Love, oh love,
this fickle love of man
and of woman too …
a word tossed and thrown,
all meaning gone.
 
Promises, promises,
keep to thy self.
Love me …
not with words,
but show me instead.
 
Fickle, fickle,
foolish thing.
Give me not
your kind of love,
give me instead
something stronger
to hold on to.
 
Love, oh love,
at the very least
respect me instead
… for valuing me
is not as capricious
as fickle as conditional love.
 
Yet, I do concede
how can we possibly expect
in a world where disrespect rules
for fickle love to lead us respectfully …
valuing us all equally.
 
Promises, promises,
don’t make them please.
love, oh love,
love me not …
conditionally.
 
April 8, 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.

Poem #10 Equilibrium

April 13, 2014

Equilibrium

Scientists
know
life will
strive
to balance
itself …
What happens
inside
pushes to happen
outside
… and vice versa.
 
Philosophers
know
what we sow
we reap.
 
Computer folks
know
garbage in
garbage out.
 
Christians know,
do unto others
to be done to you.
 
The RESPECT SCALE
shows what
we have chosen
to believe.

April 12, 2014

Poem #9 Lonely No More

April 9, 2014

Lonely No More

Flesh upon flesh
fleeting
moment
of bliss,
urgency
again, again and again
to fill the void,
feed the hunger,
relentless, relentless
hunger
… to not be alone.
 
Lonely and lonelier
the physical release
left me … gasping
for air,
… life,
a sense of place,
lonely no more.
 
Darker and colder
each touch cut
into the shallowness
of my skin.
 
No hands or lips,
silken or husky words
dove through the ice
until you …
 
until you
when the only touch
on me was my own
until touch
no longer filled
the empty space
where you waited
… quietly
 
with endearing patience.
a touch so soft,
angel’s breath,
you kissed my soul
and helped me
breath once more.
 
April 8, 2014
Kaitlin A. Trepanier

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