I have not worked on this in a while but I am feeling the need to get back to it. I got my origami paper out last night and reviewed the instructions. I still have a strong urge to finish this. It will connect me with my sister and fill my spirit with peace.
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Sitting at the breakfast bar, watching the football game, quietly and competently folding a dozen paper cranes. Coming to understand that perfection is not the goal here. Peace is.
So, I really didn’t want to watch the train wreck that is The Bachelor and I wasn’t interested in the couple looking for a house in San Francisco on House Hunters and it was too late to start the next chapter in Major Pettigrew so I thought, “Why not fold some cranes?” I folded 7 really fine ones tonight. Funny thing, I find myself feeling anxious about doing them right…tensing up on the first few each time. But then I shake it off and get into a rhythm and before I know it, 7 more cranes are done and I am ready for bed.
I find this goal to be equal parts frustration (when I screw up a couple of cranes in a row)and relaxation (when my fingers and the paper become one). But the effects of the relaxation response are so much stronger than those of the frustration response that I really enjoy this when I am working on it. And, at our Open House the other night, many people commented on how lovely the one string of 40 I have completed looks. So, I have 173 done as of today. That leaves me with 827 between now and next Christmas. Broken down, that is about 70 per month. That is certainly doable. And I will do it.
When I ran out of the oragami paper I started with, I went back to the store to get more but they didn’t have the same size so I had to be some slightly larger and it is more cumbersome to work with. I crumbled about six pieces today because I couldn’t get them right and I ended the day with only one completed crane. I may be frustrated but I am not discouraged. I will get this done.
I finished my second 49 yesterday and went on the hunt for more paper. The good news is I found some. The bad news is that it is bigger than what I was using. The good news is I have decided it doesn’t matter about the size of the paper. I will string my second 40 tomorrow night and then start folding again.
As I was stringing the first 40 of my paper cranes, I got a call from my friend, Laura, whose family has experienced so much loss and is currently going through another time of transition. I dedicate this first string to Laura and her husband, Greg, for peace, hope and healing.
I have enough for my first string. From what I have read, the tradition is to make 25 strings of 40 cranes each. I have started putting them into one of my clear glass bowls as I finish each one. The thought is to stop at every 40 and string them. By Christmas, I want to have all 25 strings completed and hang them in the front window, much like the ones I saw in Missoula on the magical December night with my sister.
And,it seems, this is more than just a project for me. It doesn’t just fill some time on a Sunday afternoon. My spirit is calmed and filled at once. I can only imagine that as I move through this process, I will come to find some deeper places of peace in me that I have not visited in a long time.
for a total of six. I am starting to get the hang of this. Sadly, I have tried before to figure out how the make the paper cranes but couldn’t quite get it (I can be a bit challenged when it comes to things like this). Anyway, by time I finished the fourth crane tonight, I was able to do it mostly without watching the little video again. Now the challenge will be to try to make some tomorrow and see if I remember.
I found a fairly easy to follow video demonstrating how to fold a paper crane and, in a matter of minutes, I had my first one folded! 999 to go!
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