It’s only one month after President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, Japan, my family had the chance to visit the ground zero where the atomic bomb was exploded 71 years ago. Before exiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, we stood in front of a glass cabinet that contains Mr. Obama’s note and the paper cranes origami made by him.
Reading the note which is emphasized by the presence of the paper cranes as the symbol of peace, I felt it’s an encouragement to the visitors to have the same wish, – for peace of the world -, since we would see the wishes after walking through a long gallery which is full of miserable and heartbreaking pictures of nuclear bomb’s impacts.
But peace cannot be achieved by force, it can only be achieved by understanding. It starts in the human heart, from our own selves and then the children. Whether the heart is open or closed has implications for the world.
Although not frequent but it’s happened in my trip. Beside the happiness, I become cranky after visiting all the points of interest in my limited time. Perhaps I am too tired or overwhelmed. In such situations, usually I take more time to rest at night. But sometimes by taking a rest does not make me better.
In fact my tiredness is not physical but more on the emotion and feeling. If it is so, I have a way to make myself more patient. It is by making a paper crane origami, a Japanese way of paper folding to make a bird which is representing peace, from standard to small size, and even a tiny one.
In accordance to this week’s photo challenge with Tiny theme, then I submit this photo. I made these origami by myself using variety of paper sizes and colors. But for making the tiniest one, I use a 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm square paper. As you can see on the second photo, I put it on my fingertip, so tiny… 😀 😀
Can you imagine how to fold the small paper with my fat fingers? LOL…
Well, that’s happened to me and of course it’s quite difficult 🙂
But somehow, I keep trying to finish it up so I have to be patient and not to give up. Perhaps when I fold a paper to make a paper crane origami, I always remember the story of Sadako Sasaki, the survivor of Hiroshima atomic bomb who never gave up folding the paper during her treatment to seek peace for the world.
And that is the way, by folding a paper into a bird, – a standard or even tiny size -, I could make peace to my own heart…
How about you? What do you do to overcome your bad mood in your trip or in your daily life?
As Buddha said, ~peace comes from within, do not seek it without~… I just watched the amazing nature in front of me in quietness, the clouds covered the Phewa lake and city of Pokhara down there. The mist slowly covered the World Peace Pagoda on top of Raniban hill. Thank You God for loving and blessing me much more than I deserve
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me – Seymour Miller & Jill Jackson
In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge with the topic of Earth
This week’s photo challenge is about One Love. As described in the challenge, the universe is telling Anne McCarthy to focus on love and she asked us to tell what the universe is telling to us. Further, the Urban Dictionary described beautifully about One Love. It refers to the universal love and respect expressed by all people for all people, regardless of race, creed or color.
For this challenge, I make a collage of some photos of different religious places in Indonesia with the photo of World Peace Gong from Indonesia which I captured in Vientiane, Laos, in the center of the collage, as the representation of One Love.
Indonesia with more than 250 million people with six officially different religions is the 4th most populous country in the world. But as the most populous Muslim majority country, the other religions: Christianity, Catholics, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism are practiced well enough in the country. Even in Nusa Dua, Bali there is a complex with 5 different praying places built adjacent to each other. Or we can see similar complex which was built in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jakarta. Those are places of Peace in Diversity which is practiced in Indonesia.
I referred to the harmonious peaceful practices in Indonesia when I took the photo of the World Peace Gong in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. Although gong has various sizes, -from small to the grande-, the ‘gong’ term is usually referred to the biggest one or locally we called it as Gong Ageng. It is considered as the most important traditional music instrument in a gamelan ensemble, because the soul of the gamelan is said to live in the gong. As we called it as the World Peace Gong, we hope that love and peace will be filled forever in the land wherever the gong is located.
The picture below is the description where other religious places I’ve taken.