I learned about the story of 1000 cranes a few months ago, and it seems like an appropriate way to start the 1000th post on this website. Japanese legend has it that any person who folds 1000 origami cranes in a year will be granted one wish by a crane.
For Christmas, one of my cousins gifted me this necklace…
So, here’s a thing I don’t believe: That a magical bird is going to grant me a wish, no matter how many pieces of paper I fold in its likeness.
Here’s a thing I do believe: When you focus your thoughts and energy on a specific goal over a sustained period of time, you’ll find yourself much closer to it in the end. In fact, I think I could pick any general goal, and if I focused 1000 cranes worth of energy on it in a year– approximately 4700 minutes– I could probably get it done.
Napping, for example. I could do a lot of napping with 4700 minutes.
Turns out I have a lot of goals for the next year, but there isn’t a singular wish that would merit 1000 cranes. Still, I liked the idea enough to adapt it into something else. It seems like recently the theme of my life is “doing the hard thing,” so I decided to fold a crane for every time I wanted to ask for help, that I’d almost convinced myself I couldn’t do something, and then decided to power through…
While I think it would get old to talk over and over again about doing the hard thing, these cranes are a subtle reminder for me that there are a lot of things I once thought I couldn’t do, and then did.
They’ve only been up for a day, and they already make me smile every time I walk in here. Of all the rooms in this house, the office definitely reflects my personality best. It also has a lot of birds in it. (The blackbirds are hanging out on the Instagram wall art, for example.)
And it’s even more fun at night when the lights cast a bunch of crane shadows on the wall.
This wasn’t a big project, but it was a fun one. And I love the idea that by continuing to challenge myself this year, my little flock will grow.
There might not be 1000 cranes this year, but I bet it will still result in a lot of wishes come true.