A Thousand Paper Cranes

I love the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.  The story is about a little girl who survives Hiroshima only to be diagnosed with cancer as a result of the radiation exposure.  Sadako puts her hope in an old Japanese legend that says if you fold 1,000 paper cranes a wish will be granted.  She begins folding the origami birds one after another.  She tells her friends and family and they help her too.  As the story goes, she dies before all of the cranes are folded but the redemption comes with the idea that with an entire community working together for a common purpose anything can happen. 

I have been thinking about what I want the next phase of my life to look like.  I know it will continue to be steeped in little boy activities, but I know I am ready to add something else. Thoughts of what it would look like if I started to work in an effort to help my community “fold paper cranes” keeps churning in my mind.  What would this look like?  Are people willing?  Would this make a lasting effect on the community as well of each of the individuals who participate?

I have had so many conversations in recent weeks that tell me “Yes!”  This is what is missing for so many individuals in their current situation.  They want to find meaning not just in what they do for a living but how they live.  Mothers want to continue their career path and at the same time find purpose in the time they spend with their children.  Young professionals now look not just at their paycheck for validation but at the impact they make in their industry and in the world.  I talk to professionals just hitting their stride and yearning for opportunities to make their mark beyond their office walls.  I have run into several new retirees who want a flexible schedule but would love to try something new connect with the community.

I see colorful paper all around me with different gifts and talent to share.  Paper that with just a little organization can be formed into a Thousand Paper Cranes.  Each individual working on a small part of a whole while creating something bigger than they can even imagine.  I do not know if it will work, but if I do not try we will never know.

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