To Those Helping To Change the World!
There are several reasons why I’ve written this as both a short article and a tribute. First because it’s not only about our remarkable friend Rosette Delacroix, and all the good she has done to help change the way we look at the world. It’s also about a woman named Jacqueline Novogratz, doing her best to help others in need. It is quite uplifting and filled with inspiration! Something we can all appreciate. It also has the most amazing synchronicity ever! Secondly, it just happens to connect and tie them both together by way of a simple sweater!
So please let me explain, not too long ago Rosette wrote on her blog that she was getting some very nasty comments from those wanting to criticize her work. Some very hurtful things were being written that she had to actually block from being posted for others to read. She said those critics were the very ones wanting to take her “finely woven, handmade sweater” and try to find any loose threads to pull and make the whole thing unravel. I was left feeling very touched by that sentiment! And I love her sweater metaphor! Especially since she has been very kind to so many others including myself. Rosette has even invited and encouraged me to write my own debut article that I’ve already posted here on her blog. So I’ve also written this particular tribute as a way of me personally saying to Rosette a deeply heart felt Thank You for helping me to find my own way of sharing my info with others!
So I’m blending two things together here: An article about Jacqueline Novogratz, as one person helping to change the world. And also as a tribute to Rosette, who has also helped make her own change with her great decodings, articles, podcasts and more! Her YouTube series alone gets thousands of views monthly. One of her Flat Earth decodings got a staggering 172,000+ views! That’s quite a feat considering she currently has 7,000+ subscribers to her YouTube site. So she carries important insights to share and is the great paradigm breaker for all the lies we have been forced fed to believe! And she finds the time to contribute to her blog with currently over 80 decodings and articles. I have read each one, made copious notes, studied and memorized some of the more difficult ones to comprehend. So it’s through Rosette that I continue learning and growing spiritually with each new article and decoding. And she always has more on the way!
As for Jacqueline Novogratz, when she was a small girl she received the gift of a blue wool sweater. It had an African motif across the front – two zebras walking in front of a snowcapped mountain. A special gift that quickly became her prized possession. Jacqueline simply loved it so much she insisted on having her name sewn into the inside sweater’s neck. She went through elementary and middle school wearing it, feeling deeply attached since it was a gift from her beloved uncle Ed. That lasted until she reached her freshman year in high school and had by then outgrown the sweater.
One frustrating day she was approached by several school boys telling her how well that tight fitting sweater was showing her contours and how much they wanted to “climb that sweater’s mountain!” She then rushed home feeling hurt and telling her mother of her ordeal. Jacqueline’s mother told her it was time to simply let go of her sweater. So they could either just toss it in the trash, which Jacqueline felt was a shameful thing to do, or better to give it to the local Goodwill. They opted for the latter and gave the sweater away to their neighborhood Goodwill store.
So fast forward 10 years later…..Jacqueline was twenty five and while jogging through the hilly streets of Kigali, Rwanda, she noticed a small, scrawny African boy. He caught her attention with his wearing an oversized blue sweater. It was tattered with holes and dirty, reaching well below the boy’s knees. A sad sight for Jacqueline but the boy seemed so content in wearing it. Still it was a painful reminder for Jacqueline that there are others in the world that have very little to sustain them. But it was also just then that another thought struck her – so she ran over to the boy and grabbed him by the collar and turned it over. And there it was, her name inside the neck! Yes, it was her blue sweater!
Quite an amazing synchronicity, wouldn’t you say?! The poor piece of cloth had made it’s complex journey all the way from Alexandria, Virginia to Kigali, Rwanda. And Jacqueline has since said she uses that moment as her own powerful metaphor to show us how interconnected we are. How our actions – and inaction – can touch people we might never know, never meet, everyday of our lives, all around the world. And like with Rosette, another perfect sweater metaphor! So let’s also consider here the impact the internet has when we can quickly connect with others, that we have never even met, all around the world.
Such wonderful people I’ve never met, but much like Rosette, I now know them as Nathalie, Lidy, Downtown Julie, Lola, Joanna, Andrejka, Lou and others. They’re all a small but regular and mighty group of contributors to Rosette’s blog. And it’s through their questions, comments and concerns that I have learned so much! Great Thanks to You All!
As for Jacqueline Novogratz, In 2009 she published her book The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. And it still continues today to leave it’s impact on millions around the world. The book is rich in amusing and touching anecdotes of Jacqueline’s myriad encounters in third world countries.
Along with her entrepreneurial efforts aiding poverty, some of her other accomplishments include having lived with some of the most impoverished families in different parts of Africa. And helping so many survivors after the bloody genocide in Rwanda. She paid a special visit to Agnes, an inmate at Kigali’s Central Prison in Rwanda. Agnes was accused of being a perpetrator of the genocide. She had made incendiary speeches, urging Hutu men to kill the Rwandan Tutsis and inciting women to encourage their husbands to work harder in their murderous acts. Agnes, a born leader, serves as a reminder that power corrupts on an equal opportunity basis. She had traded her integrity for power.
Jacqueline did return to Rwanda 20 years after she first arrived, to see how the country had changed and try to understand the genocide that took the lives of 800,000 people in 100 days in 1994. She found that some colleagues had died, yet another had become a perpetrator of the violence, and others had lost everything. The stories were shocking and heartbreaking, and left her with new questions about human behavior. Despite the tragedy, Jacqueline remains optimistic and still believes in the interconnectedness of people around the world as much as ever! “We have only one world for all of us on Earth and the future is really ours to create, in a world we dare to imagine together”, she concludes.
As for Rosette, she is a deep blessing for myself and others to have and to share in her vast knowledge of the occult. And I stress again, how much I keep learning and growing spiritually with her help! So I’m most thankful of all, just to be a small strand, in her finely woven metaphorical sweater!
You can also watch this short clip of Jacqueline Novogratz describing her experiences: