Radical Joy Revealed
June 14, 2017

Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places. We hope you'll enjoy these doorways into places that are both familiar and surprising, and we welcome your suggestions, stories, and photos. Click here to subscribe. 

Illustration from the fairy tale, "The Frog Prince"

A couple of years ago, a woman from Missouri who participated in the Global Earth Exchange wrote us: "I really didn't want to do this. I mean, why would you go to a place that was damaged? Wouldn't that be depressing? But I went anyway, because my friend was so enthusiastic about it. And it was wonderful to share with others what we loved about that place and to discover life thriving there in all kinds of surprising ways. After we made our RadJoy bird, I realized I'd come for my friend, but I'd stayed for this place."
Something miraculous occurs when we dare to give attention and love to what's been hurt-in ourselves, in other people, and in places. Through the action of caring, what's broken becomes whole and beautiful. The miracle happens again and again in fairy tales: the girl kisses the frog, the shaman lays out a dead woman's bones and carefully arranges them aright, the good daughter offers water to the toothless old woman she meets at the well. Through this act of generosity, not only is the ugly itself transformed, but the giver of the beauty also undergoes a change.
Join the world this Saturday, June 17 for our annual Global Earth Exchange . Fall in love with a hurt place that shines again with beauty that you yourself have made for it!

For tips on creating and sharing your Global Earth Exchange, click here

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The 9th annual Global Earth Exchange is Saturday, June 17! On this day people all over the world go to damaged places they care about, share their stories, and make a simple gift of beauty for the place. Our theme this year is...

Sharing Love of Place
For more information and to register, see our website.
Just in time for the Global Earth Exchange!

New from Radical Joy for Hard Times founder
Trebbe Johnson:
a book filled with ideas for creating simple, imaginative, collaborative gifts of beauty for hurt places in nature and in your community! 
To order click here.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community of people dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth. 
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