25 February, 2014

Being alive - is a gift, being happy - is a choice

Origami paper cranes photograph, dark, monochromatic background, silhouette of birds
Origami paper cranes

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.
Recently I read a story about Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who was two years old when she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Sasaki soon developed leukemia and, at age 12 after spending a significant amount of time in a nursing home, began making origami cranes with the goal of making one thousand, inspired by the senbazuru legend. In a popular version of the story as told in the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, she folded only 644 before she became too weak to fold anymore, and died on 25 of October 1955; in her honor, her classmates felt sorry and agreed to complete the rest for her.

For me Origami Paper Cranes are a symbol of hope, a symbol of a strong faith in the future.
I didn't make it to 1000, made only 20. Now they live in my home as a reminder that I should never loose hope, that I should always believe.
Being alive - is a gift and being happy - is our choice!