If you were ranking noble human qualities, where would kindness rank? In some ways, it doesn’t really matter. It’s how such things work in our personal lives that matter. I happen to value kindness.
Beyond that, though, no matter how anyone values high frequency qualities, they have profound effects on our lives, on our race, on our world. Fortunately, some people live such concepts as kindness, exude them, give a human face to them. Such a girl was Rachel Joy Scott.
Do you know her? She was the first victim at the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. Her killer did not know the energy he unleashed that day, the energy of an eternal soul who had come here to experience life and to allow life to experience her.
Early on she lived her Heart. I believe that from the snippets of writing in her journals and an essay, oh, and on the back of a dresser. Yes, a dresser. When Rachel was thirteen years old, Rachel drew an outline of both of her hands on the back of her dresser and wrote these words within them: “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and will someday touch millions of people’s hearts.” After her death, her family began a program that has reached a couple million people around the world. The family didn’t have to invent anything, any words. They used Rachel’s words.
I see another bit of evidence she knew and lived her Heart from a paper in which she penned these words: “Don’t let your character change color with your environment. Find out who you are and let it stay its true color.” Know yourself, discover Heart and your personal truth and live it. Those are Heart-words.
Rachel’s truth had much to do with kindness. She wanted to touch millions of lives through kindness. That’s Heart-Purpose. How? I compare it to the way multitudes of others plan to make life meaningful through their skills, talents, abilities, inventions, money, and many more things, that may be Ego or Heart driven. Kindness, though? To know and state as a done deal that millions of lives would be touched by kindness? Wow! I know this was her Vision: “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. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” Purpose and Vision.
But how would she do that? It truly doesn’t take much effort to be kind, but it does to consider the ways it might be expressed. Rachel did just that. When her family began Rachel’s Challenge (easy to find the website), they used Rachel’s own words once again, basically an analysis and application of how to be kind to others and Self. When schools participate in the program, in each classroom and many hallways hang the five challenges Rachel set for herself and hoped for others. 1. Eliminate prejudice — look for the best in others. 2. Dare to dream — set goals and keep a journal. 3. Choose positive influences — input determines output.. 4. Kind words — little acts of kindness. 5. Start a chain reaction.
Rachel used this as an action plan, her Mission. She knew her connection with eternal Spirit through her christian faith, and it was real for her, that connection. Her Heart mediated, and somehow, I do not fully understand, a few hours before her death, she drew a picture in her journal of an eye shedding thirteen tears that fall on a rose and continue as thirteen drops of blood. Thirteen people were shot that day before Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed themselves. How did she know that? What caused her to draw that? Why would she? To let those who would look see that living Heart gives connections that those like the Ego-bound killers know nothing of.
When we won’t hear Heart and consciously turn to our own Spirit-Self to engage that operating system, we continue to run on Ego. It can take multitudes of forms, and the worst ones are those expressed by the two murderers that day — and those that destroy, those in league with that Spirit, those who bomb and slaughter and rape and kill innocents.
Do you know how that all begins? I will tell you. It is seen in boys like the two at Columbine who blame everyone else for their feelings. Oh, mark my words, those who bully such bear their own responsibility; however, allow this story to be a check for yourself. No matter how you are treated by everyday people who are living their Ego-driven lives like most do, ultimately, we receive and transmit all the energies that come our way. If you feel like it’s this person’s fault or that person was mean to me so I can be mean back, be negative back because they deserve it — if you think like that, you are thinking pure, unadulterated Ego. You are not and never will be Heart-justified in exacting destructive vengeance on others like that.
Those are some deep issues; however, I want to end on a super positive note. In the back of one of Rachel’s journals, she wrote “I won’t be labeled as average.” Neither will anyone who comes to know core Self, Heart, that pulse of eternal Spirit with which we arrive to experience life. If you discover your Heart, a good place to start thinking about a new outlook on life would be in Rachel’s challenges. She wasn’t average. She has touched millions of lives. She knew she didn’t need to stay in a physical body to do that. Her life energy continues.
I have been thinking about this all day, and I would like to share a bit of magic. I rarely do this, but this one was special. This evening at dusk, I stood outside with my puppies. I just spoke into the air. “Well, Rachel Joy Scott, I’m going to write about you tonight, your life and message.” A burst of red, and a cardinal landed on the back of the chair only a few feet away from two very large dogs! My association with the cardinal is one of voice, my voice for my truth and my voice to write to help others discover their truth. Also, cardinals appearing to people are supposed to let us know that the deceased is visiting us. Both applied here. I thanked Rachel through my Heart to Spirit to her Heart, no longer contained in a body. A powerful force of kindness, a magical force.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!