Rachel’s Challenge


Have you ever heard of Rachel Scott? Until last week, I hadn’t.

Sadly, Rachel Scott was the very first person shot during the Columbine massacre in 1999. After her death, her parents found her journals and diaries and realized that she had made it her mission in life to spread kindness and compassion to everyone. They decided that they could turn her tragic death into something good- and decided to share her writings with the world.

For an assignment for high school, Rachel wrote about her code of ethics.  Her code included honesty, kindness, looking for the best in everyone and acting with compassion. She then went on to challenge her reader to start a chain reaction, she wrote ‘I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, they might just start a chain reaction.’ It reminds me of the Nestle Tollhouse cookie commercial- where one person makes cookies for a neighbor, then the neighbor decides to make cookies for another person, then that person makes cookies for her daughter in college… and so on. The small act of making cookies for 1 person started a chain reaction.

What on earth does this have to do with homecare? Nothing! My children’s school has accepted this challenge, and it got me to thinking about my own life. I’m always looking for ways to be the best possible person I can be- and so I am sharing with you this challenge in hopes that you will take it upon yourself to spread kindness- to do the right thing- to seek out people who are lonely and offer them friendship.

Here are a few of my plans for accepting this challenge:

1. When driving, I will make an effort to allow other drivers the right away. No road rage!

2. I will look for the best in people- when someone is grumpy with me- I’ll assume they are having a bad day and I’ll look for something positive to focus on.

3. If I see someone who looks lonely- or is feeling left out- I’ll make an effort to greet them by name and make sure they feel included.

4. I’ll listen to someone who is lonely and needs to talk.

What steps can you take to accept Rachel’s Challenge? Are there things you can change in your life?

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