Please and Thank You
First, the thank you:
Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by (and is still stopping by) today — I’ve really enjoyed being freshly pressed! I appreciate all your comments and subscriptions, and I hope at least some of you come back to read more. Talk about inspiration to post every day! So again, thank you kindly.
Now, the please:
I know I’m not the only person who woke up to the news of the earthquake in Japan today and was left with a heavy heart. I won’t begin to describe it because there are not words, but I am keeping that country, its people, and those with loved ones there in my thoughts. I am organizing an event at work next week that I hope will, in some small way, pay forward to those in need a favor I once received.
I was a junior in college on April 16, 2007 when a gunman killed 32 people on my campus. I have carried the effects of that day with me every day since. So today when I was brainstorming ways my company could support the relief effort in Japan, I was reminded of the thousands of paper cranes that were sent to my school by Japanese school children in the days following our tragedy. The cranes are a significant symbol in Japanese culture, globally accepted as a symbol of peace and healing since the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
During the summer of 2007, I passed those cranes every day as they hung from the atrium ceiling of the student center. And every day they brought a little more peace to my heart.
Next week I will ask my colleagues to join me in making paper cranes. By asking for one dollar per crane, I hope we can raise a decent donation for the Red Cross Relief Fund. When all the cranes are finished, we will bring them to the Japanese Embassy which is not far from our office.
I understand that the scope of this situation and the one I went through are vastly different, but my hope is that the gift will have a similar effect. I am still grateful for the one I received almost four years ago.