Thursday Thirteen- Origami Wishes
I don’t know about you, but at around this time of year I feel as though I should be winding up projects instead of starting new ones, achieving goals rather than setting them, reflecting rather than acting. Now, there’s nothing wrong with this, but for someone like me who thrives on the zoo of the new, the end of year can feel a little stagnant. So, to remedy this I set out to learn something new today; I learned how to make an origami crane. Origami cranes have long fascinated me, and I have wanted to be able to make one for such a long time, but teaching myself how to do the series of folds was always relegated to “sometime soon”. Today I watched the following tutorial on YouTube and, after a few attempts, produced a passable, if not perfect, crane. I then taught my children how to make them and before we knew it we had made over 20 (and still counting as the children are currently making more as I write!). Anyway, here is the tutorial that I learned from, if you would like to join in.
Now, you may be wondering what has this to do with this week’s TT. Well, I got to thinking about the Japanese legend that by making 1000 cranes you can have a wish granted, normally for longevity or good health, and I combined that with my longing for starting something new at this time of year when things are generally concluded. So, for my TT, I have decided to give you 13 cranes, each accompanied with a wish related either to the introduction of something new, to the appreciation of the past or to the enjoyment of the present. I wish these wishes for myself, my loved ones that I am so blessed to have in my life, and for my readers, and I would like to see them granted before the bells of the new year toll. As I have already said, cranes are traditionally connected to wishes for a long and healthy life; please take this one as read. I wish you all good health for many years to come, but on top of that I also wish the following:
1. May you hear a piece of music which evokes such a strong response as to bring you to the brink of tears.
2. May you laugh out loud and long over something silly and frivolous.
3. May you discover a new passion for an as yet unknown subject.
5. May you be rendered speechless by natural beauty wherever you may find it.
6. May you meet a new friend who inspires you to follow your dreams.
7. May you feel deep contentment in your own company.
8. May you find the motivation to reach the goals set earlier in the year.
9. May you have sufficient energy to create new goals.
10. May you receive a letter in the post that makes you smile with fond remembrance.
11. May you share many hugs with your loved ones.
12. May you find the courage to make the changes that need to be made.
13. May you experience the strong sense of satisfaction that is only truly derived from a selfless act of kindness committed with no thought of reciprocation.
And, of course, I wish you all a very happy TT!
What are your wishes for yourself and others that you would like to see granted over the next 6 weeks?