Thursday, June 15, 2017

1000 Cards for Peace

Ever since "Fun with Dick and Jane" I have been an avid reader.  I am proud to admit that I read every single novel in my junior high school library!  One book that has stuck with me since childhood is "Sadako and the Paper Cranes."  If you haven't read it, read it now.  I'll wait.

In post WWII in Hiroshima, Sadako attempted to make 1000 paper cranes so she would be granted her wish -- living despite a leukemia diagnosis.  This is based on a true story.  There is a statue of her in Hiroshima.  Under the statue is a plaque reading "This is our cry.  This is our prayer.  Peace on earth."

Sometimes life can be overwhelming.  Natural disasters.  Terrorism.  Illness.  Family difficulties.  Turmoil among friends.  I often want to respond in anger.  I am often not at peace.  I often don't know what to do.

When I don't know what to do, I quilt.  Yesterday was one of those days.

Recently I have been making fabric postcards for my grandson.  I enjoy making them; he enjoys receiving love in the mail every week.  My amazing friend Teri Lucas and I have decided to expand on that.

When I am tempted to respond in anger, I will make a card and send some love through the mail.  When I am overwhelmed with evil and hate in the world, I will make a card and send some love.

Teri and I will will log our journey using the hashtag #1000postcardsforpeace in honor of Sadako.  We have also started a Facebook page called "1000 Postcards for Peace."  We may never make 1000 cards or we collectively may make 10,000.  The number doesn't matter, only that we send love to others.  We encourage others to join with us in sending love into the world through fabric postcards or any way that you can whenever you are not at peace.


Linda P in IL said...

what a coincidence .. I sent two fabric cards yesterday.. one was a thank you and the other an invitation.

Unknown said...

This is an excellent idea. A positive way to emotionally & psychologically deal with the chaos around me.

Vireya said...

It is a lovely idea. I hope you are feeling more peaceful as a result.

PatriciaEE said...

A lovely idea!

Angie in SoCal said...

What a blessing you both are. I've ordered a kit.