The Tradition of One Thousand Paper Cranes

Are you familiar with the Japanese tradition of folding one thousand origami paper cranes?

From Wikipedia:

“An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. In Asia, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true.”

I have always been enchanted by this tradition, and many years ago when the daughter of a friend was to be married, I even helped participate in the tradition by helping the bride fold a thousand cranes before her wedding day.

It is an act of diligence, of repetition, of bringing yourself and your heart to each crane.

I was reminded of this tradition today, as I contemplated the creation of this, my one thousandth post here at Oh Fair New Mexico.

Each post is, to me, like a beautiful origami crane, my own work of art constructed from the folds of my brain, the diligence of my psyche, and the creativity of my Muse.

The posts vary widely in topic and scope. I started out as a homesick New Mexican looking to assuage my guilt by talking about home. Three years later, it still holds that space for me, but it’s also grown well beyond, helping me to find my voice and my writing style.

I’m grateful to each and every reader who stops by and gives me their eyeballs for a few minutes. Especially those readers who have been here long enough to remember that The Good Man used to be The Cute Boy.

When I started this blog back in 2007, I hoped I’d be able to make it last for a year. I’ve well exceeded that goal.

So today, as I finish folding my one thousandth crane, I string them all together and let them take flight upon the wind. I’ve cast my cranes to the fates and I send them all out with the best of me on the wing.

Tomorrow, I’ll sit in front of a blank Word document and start again, folding the first crane in the next series of one thousand.

May we all make a beautiful wish that comes true.

Mine already did.

Image source: Hakobyan Hayk’s Blog

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  • Natalie

    And I was, and still am, your number one fan.
    I ready you daily and if that's not possible, as soon as I can. I treasure our connection and hope to have coffee with you in the city by the bay one day.


    (LOL.. And you have the best word verifications of anyone I know! Today's? "boringle" hahaha.. Lordy. Don't you dare read anything into that! ;)

  • Lucky


    But I sincerely hope that doesn't mean this blog is over! Keep 'em coming, please.

  • Karen Fayeth

    Natalie – It all started back in 2007 when the two blogs I found that I tried to emulate belonged to you and Avelino. You both taught me a lot about blogging!

    I also treasure our connection and I'm looking forward to taking you up on that cup of coffee one day (hopefully soon!).

  • Karen Fayeth

    Lucky – Nope, not over. I'll keep up the madness. This blog has become an essential part of my day!

    Thanks for wanting it to continue!! :)

  • Jardin

    I’m curious if you know who took this black and white 1000 cranes photo.
    I have a non-profit organization and I’d like to see about using the photo.

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