Anatomy of Inspiration: Sandy & The 1000 Paper Cranes

Posted on 16. Sep, 2010 by in Interviews

I have an honour to present this special and very inspiring person today. It’s Sandy. Her project "Sandy & The 1000 Paper Cranes" captures the real human spirit and transfers it into the 1000 of good deeds. You can follow Sandy on Twitter or Facebook.

G: Tell us a little about your project?

100_1516S: “Sandy & the 1000 Paper Cranes” was inspired by the children’s book  ” Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr. Sadako was a young girl at the time of the bombings of Hiroshima in World War II. She ends up getting very sick several years later due to the radiation she was exposed to. After developing leukaemia and coming to live in a nursing home, Sadako decided she would fold 1000 paper cranes in order to be granted one wish. To live. (In Japanese culture, folklore says that a person who folds 1000 paper cranes, a symbol for peace, would be granted a wish. The number 1000 comes from the number of years they believed a crane could live.) Sadly Sadko lost her battle with cancer before she was able to finish her cranes. Her family and friends rallied together to fold the remaining amount, and she was laid to rest with all of her cranes.

I was both saddened and inspired by the task Sadako set out to complete. I wanted to do something similar to that in order to promote peace and positivity. So I decided to not only fold the 1000 cranes but place a positive word on them, “releasing” them somewhere so that a stranger would find it. My hope is that upon finding it, the person would feel happy and hopefully pay it forward.

G: When did you realize that this is something you really want to do?

S: I realized this project was something I was interested in doing after I read the book a little over a year ago (Summer 2008). I spent the next year compiling the list of unique words. I figured that I wouldn’t start my crane mission until I had 1000 words so that I knew it was doable.

G: What was the most inspiring moment on the project?

S: My project is still young, but the most inspiring moment so far has been seeing the overwhelmingly positive feedback from people. Although I have yet to hear anything from a person who has found a crane (as of the beginning of September 2010), I still feel as though my project has helped to inspire other people into doing their own project or, at the very least, has inspired a bit of happiness.

G: What were the biggest obstacles on the project and how did you overcome them?

crane41wholeS: The biggest obstacle in my project so far has been getting the list of words together. It definitely got  to a point where I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get 1000 unique and positive words. I was searching endlessly for synonyms for words I already had on my list in hopes of stumbling across a new one. Thankfully my dedication paid off because I finally was able to get a complete list (only a year after starting it!) I thought folding the cranes would be my biggest obstacle but it has turned out to be the easiest part.

G: What do you do when you need  inspiration?

S: I find checking out other inspiring projects keeps me motivated. It’s exciting to hear about all the wonderful things that other people are coming up with to boost positivity. It also helps me to look at some of the responses I’ve received. Reading an email from a stranger telling me how they want to start their own positivity project helps remind me why I am doing my own.

G: What are the main places that you look for inspiration?

S: My favourite inspiring projects are:

The ‘Thank You’ Project ; Secret Agent L; Operation NICE; Positively Present; Tiny Buddha.

 

G: What are your top inspirations?

S:  My favourite inspirations are :

Inspirational Movies: Pay It Forward;                                                                                                               Inspirational Books: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen;                                                                                                                                                          Inspirational People: Gretchen Rubin, Greg Mortensen;

G: What do you think is the best way to inspire others? How to inspire others?

100_1593 S: The best way to inspire others is to be genuine. Don’t try to be something you’re not. If your project is one that can be done on a large scale, enlist the help of people who have shown interest. If people appreciate your project, they’ll want to help you in any way they can. Likewise, when someone comes to you for help, in the spirit of inspiring, it’s best to help them, too. It’s amazing how far a little bit of help can go.

 

G: What is your formula for living happy and inspiring life?

S: My “formula” for being happy is to do the things I like doing and remember to make time for myself. I try to be the type of person I would want to be friends with.

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