And with palm outstretched, I hand over a paper crane.
With every book I’ve mailed out recently, I’ve tucked in a simple origami paper crane. I make sure it’s tucked somewhere in the back of the book, towards the end. There’s a deep amount of symbolism in that. You see, when you read the first part of the book, you see the catalogs of a man who resisted love, who was egocentric, a man who was ready to take on life and make it his…..and towards the end you see that dimness grow. You see peace develop. You see through the writings of loss how much was gained, how the yearning of material items did me no good.
You see, having none of those things brought to the surface everything I had all along: love. And love is where life begins, where creation is truly born. You will do nothing of benefit in this life if you do not love, create, share. The moment I lost everything, is where my real life began. Because love was all I could offer. Peace was all I could afford.
Had I not picked up these needles and knit up a teddy bear, I’m not sure I would have found that place in my soul where the marksmanship of a man is measured not by what he can destroy, but by what he can create.
The paper crane represents a moment of peace handed over. My book is printed and bound and given to anyone, but I wanted you to have the paper crane as a reminder that I am here with you. That with these hands, I hand over peace, and an acknowledgement of how much you mean to me, that you would know in the folded corners of a simple piece of paper, that I was thinking of you and how beautiful you’ve made my life, that my life is better because of you. The paper crane is a testament that should you need me, I am here, that I in no way would have found such immeasurable love and joy had it not been for my knitting, and my discussions on knitting….and that you recognized that.
I found a real purpose in life through knitting, and writing. I found an attachment to the world through the use of something good. I was given a chance at redemption by putting into the world whatever these hands could create for good, for the better of us all.
So, when you open your book, be sure to look for the paper crane. Do with it what you will, but I have a feeling, you’ll pass on something of a kindness to someone who needs to remember that life is beautifully shrouded in poison for a reason: so that we remember that simple gestures are the antidotes to our problems. Pass on the paper crane to someone you need to share a moment of peace with.
And to all of you who felt Valentine’s Day came and went without someone remarking on their love for you, I spent the day folding up paper cranes, and with palm outstretched, I wanted to remind you, that you are always in my heart.
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