Adele Aldridge sent us this synchro. It’s compelling in that it illustrates how synchronicity often works with creative endeavors and how the Internet facilitates that connection.
One day on Facebook, someone had shared the above image on my page – a woman with butterflies flying out of her head, the image at the top of the post. For Adele, it was a synchronicity. I didn’t understand why until she sent us two origami butterflies. Here’s one of them:
I thanked her and here was her response, addressing why it was a synchro for her.
“My sudden obsession with butterflies, all things considered with other nagging unfinished projects, had me questioning my sanity – UNTIL – the next morning I saw that beautiful image of the woman with the butterflies flying out of her head. I knew that was me. I took it as an affirmation not to doubt.
“My butterfly project, like the peace bird project is a weird thing to do – spending time on stuff to mail and give away with no hint of where it comes from. No signature. I never put a return address on any of those free mailer envelopes. Nor do I have a clue who opens them. Still – I love doing it. Maybe I should change my name to Banska!”
This particular origami has an awesome history and mission – it’s part of a project of the Holocaust Museum Houston to remember the 1.5 million children who were killed in the Holocaust. In 1996, the butterfly inspired staff and supporters of the museum and they launched The Butterfly Project, designed to connect a new generation of children to the children who had perished in the Holocaust.
As it caught on in classrooms and with teachers and students, butterflies began arriving at the museum from all over the world. One butterfly even arrived from space, when American astronaut Rex Walheim participated in the project in July 2011, while he was aboard the final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Butterflies are about transformation.