Friday, October 8, 2010

An Invitation: Fold for Kindness

Send out good vibrations with a paper crane. image source
Recently, I stumbled upon a story anchored onto the legend of folding 1000 paper cranes. According to an old Japanese legend, folding 1000 paper cranes pleases gods so much that whoever succeeds in it is granted a wish. Sadako Sasaki (1943-1955), a girl who was diagnosed with leukemia--the disease considered in the 1940's as the "atom bomb disease"--attempted to fold 1000 paper cranes to be granted a wish. When she had already folded 500 paper cranes, her doctors found that her condition was already improving. But days passed by and her conditioned only worsened. Despite this, Sadako continued to fold paper cranes. Sadly, she eventually succumbed to her disease. Having done 644 paper cranes already, Sadako's friends and classmates, touched by her story, decided to make the remaining 356 paper cranes for her.

Because of this story, I have decided to fold paper cranes to give to strangers. I will be including notes and candies with each paper crane to turn it into a more interesting give away. I am inviting you all to do the same. Please fold a paper crane for kindness. Simple an act it may be, but for sure, it can make someone's day. [How to fold a paper crane instructions with video]

Wait for my update on this soon! I'll be giving away the paper cranes next week. Feel free to send in your stories of kindness! Whether or not it involves paper cranes, kind stories, videos, photos, etc., are most welcome here.

Fold for kindness! Let's go for 500!

Micah <3

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