I received an email from someone who inspired me the other day ago. She started a project called Sandy and the 1000 Paper Cranes. Her inspiration came from a book she read called "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" by Elanor Coerr. It's about a young girl from Hiroshima who developed leukemia and set out to make 1000 folded paper cranes in hopes of be granted her one wish, which was to live. According to Japanese folklore, folding 1000 paper cranes allows the folder one wish. The girl ended up only folding 644 before her death but her friends and family continued folding the rest after her death.
Even though her story ended sadly, the message behind it is filled with ambition and hope along with becoming a symbol of world peace. Cranes are considered a symbol of peace in Japanese culture. One myth says that cranes live for 1000 years which explains the folding of 1000 paper cranes.
Sandy decided to take on this project with her own special touch to it. She decided to write a positive word on each crane and leave it in different places around the state of New Jersey where she lives. Her hope is that when someone finds a crane that they will become inspired and influenced in a positive way, even if it's just a pleasant thought. It's her own special way of spreading positiveness in a simple way.
I think this is a super idea! I love coming across people that are so creative in their ways of spreading positiveness in the world. Check out her blog to read more about this great project: 1000 Crane Mission.