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Recently I visited Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City. They have an amazing art museum.  There were several exhibits, but the one I was most intrigued with was the exhibit on Origami.  It is titled “Folding Paper; the Infinite Possibilities of Origami. One of my fondest memories of grade school was making what I called “cootie catchers”.  You know, you folded the paper up and wrote numbers and colors and little notes on the inside.  You picked one and then opened it and read the little note.  It was so much fun!  And the boys made  paper airplanes.  You never knew when you might get hit with one!  Those were definitely simpler times. Well, enter “the exhibit”.  Paper airplanes have turned into mind blowing art!  Unbelievable what is being done with the concept of “folding”.  Some of these artists have dedicated their life to this art form. The concept has been applied to fashion, science, industry and engineering.  The students at BYU have designed incredible engineering projects using the origami concepts.   Nanoinjectors explore the use of origami concepts in solving problems at a microscopic level for research on genetic disease and cancer.   Telescopes that need to fold are being designed using origami.  Fashion has “structured” garments that utilize the origami concept.  Incredible pieces of art utilizing origami have been created. This exhibit opened my eyes. I learned that we are only limited by our imagination.  I learned that people who are truly creative think much differently than I.  They have no walls, no limits, no reasons to stop.  And they still have their sense of “wonderment”.  Were we all born with this?  Did some of us lose of curiosity and inquisitive nature  along the way?While on my journey of exploration,  I must push myself and knock down some walls.  I must remember what it is to wonder and continue to ask “what if”. photo

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  1. Ha! They still make the cooties catchers. Kids love them. Origami is just zen in application. Try to fold up to 1000 cranes & there will be a wonderful sense of peace.

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