In a previous post, I asked people to share how they got into origami and “how has origami contributed to your life.”
In response, my inbox overflowed with the most wonderful heartfelt responses where many of you shared with me your story about just how meaningful origami is in your life. This gives me great hope. And it reinforces what I feel is a very important value to the practice of paper folding.
If I have not yet responded to your letter directly, please know that I have read it with much appreciation!
One of the common themes I find in these stories is how the practice of origami enriches people social’s lives.
- Origami creates meaningful memories among people.
- Origami allows the development of special connections within people of different backgrounds, cultures, and generations.
- Origami leads to life-long friendships.
- Origami facilitates learning and relationships between teachers and students.
Here I share some quotes from the letters I received, which illustrate how origami is a force for connection and goodwill among people.
“My father taught origami to me and it has never disappeared from my life. When I realized that people liked my figures, I started to offer them as gifts.”
“The smiles on my student’s faces hooked me on origami.”
“Origami is an excellent tool for me to use in my classroom. It’s a way for me to look at and learn something about my students. Are they patient? Can they focus? Do they need help in developing their manual skills? The best way to find this out was by having them fold some paper.”
“My math teacher loved the farm animals I made and asked me to teach her to fold an origami bunny. She said she decorated her Christmas tree with paper bunnies.”
“Origami brings me peace and it’s a way to share joy and love”
“The people I’ve met through origami are my close friends.”
“If I see a parent with an upset child, I can get their attention and start to fold. The flapping bird never fails!”
In light of all the social challenges we face in this world, one great value of practicing and sharing origami is the ability to lift other people’s spirits and bring about some peace.
The following quote is an important message of gratitude applicable to people who practice origami.
“No matter what our particular job, especially in our world today, we are called to be ‘Tikkun Olam’ –Repairers of Creation. Thank you for whatever you do, wherever you are, to bring joy and light and hope and faith and pardon and love to your neighbor and to yourself.” ~Fred Rogers
Here is the video to fold this lovely heart garland I created based on a heart by by Ildiko Vass.