Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How These Hands Can Change This World.

“Tomorrow is not a promise, but a chance.” ~ Rachel Joy Scott  (1981-1999); Student, Columbine High School

She was the very first victim of the Columbine massacre ~ a young woman, just barely 17-years-old and with the life's ambition of changing this world.

In her backpack rested a small notebook that she carried with her each day, on which she had written the words, "I will not be labeled as average."

This was Rachel's Kindness Journal ~ and its pages were filled with each and all and everyone of her hopes and dreams of bringing a little more love to this world.

This was no ordinary child, distracted by the callings of tree climbing and trips to the mall. Rather, this was a child with a much greater mission ~ and one whose roots be found on the back of an old piece of furniture on which she had traced her hands, and written,

"These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will some day touch millions of people's hearts."
How could anyone have known at the time, just how very true these words would soon become.

For you see, Rachel's heart was so filled with hope that it started a chain reaction of loving-kindness. And it was Rachel's infectious optimism that prompted her family to start, Rachel’s Challenge ~ a foundation whose  programs empower both students and adults by creating a culture of kindness and compassion.

By turning the story of a tragic death at Columbine High School into a mission for change, Rachel's Challenge is helping create safer learning environments and making a world-wide impact. And this dream, Rachel's dream, has impacted the hearts of over 10 million people~ including Chuck Norris, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, Larry King, Oprah, and Bill O'Reilly (and, just to name a few).

"I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion then it will start a chain reaction of the same"  

And, that my dears, is how one little heart can change this awfully big world.

The story that changes everything from Rachel's Challenge on Vimeo.