1000 paper cranes. 1000 positive words. 1000 different locations. One Goal: Spreading Peace.
Posted Sep 30 2010 9:11pm
I'm delighted to present this first guest post at Beautiful You while I am travelling in New York. This post is by Sandy from Sandy and the 1000 Paper Cranes. Read on to learn about her inspirational project and how she is spreading positive words of peace and love.
I started brainstorming my project, later to be known as Sandy and the 1000 Paper Cranes , after reading the children’s book by Eleanor Coerr, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. It’s a story about a young Japanese girl, Sadako, who was diagnosed with leukemia after the bombing of Hiroshima. While living in a nursing home, she decided to attempt to fold 1000 paper cranes. In Japanese folklore, anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes, (which comes from the number of years they believed a crane could live), would receive one wish. Sadako’s wish was to live. Sadly, she was not able to reach 1000 cranes before she passed away. Her friends and family rallied together to fold the remaining number of cranes so that Sadako could be buried with them.
After reading this story, I was both saddened and inspired. I wanted to do a similar project, folding 1000 cranes with a bit of a twist. My goal was to spread peace and positivity to strangers, so I decided to put a unique, positive word on each of the cranes and leave them in public places for someone to find. A year after I started compiling my positive word list, I created my blog to document my journey in “releasing” the cranes. As of the beginning of September 2010, I’ve “released” almost 50 cranes. While I have not heard anything back from anyone who has found a crane, the email responses have been overwhelmingly positive. I was not expecting the large number of people who were moved by my project and want to create peace projects of their own.
It is a lofty goal, folding that many paper cranes and leaving them in as many places as I can. But if it helps to inspire people, in a time where their level of positivity is low, then I will happily take on the challenge. Without being too whimsical or naive, I just want to spread a bit of happiness around in a relatively simple way. And hope to continue doing so in the future.
Thanks Sandy. I wish you all the best with your project. The world needs more people like you spreading messages of peace and love. I look forward to hearing from you when you have folded and placed crane number 1000.