Radical Joy Revealed
September 13, 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. 

Playing the piano in flooded Houston
Aric Harding plays the piano in his flooded Houston home.
Photo from a video by CNN.
Aric Harding returned to his Friendswood, Texas home, south of Houston, the other day to pick up some stuffed animals to comfort his children, who were staying at a shelter. While he was there, he took note of his piano, its legs deep underwater, and he felt compelled to sit down and play. "I decided to take a moment and play and take it all in," he said in an interview with CNN

This story is moving in many respects. First-Aric Harding returned to his home not for practical household supplies but for the stuffed animal friends that would cheer up his children.

Second, when he saw his waterlogged piano, he felt compelled to play. How extraordinary! He didn't rush out of his home as fast as he could, thinking there were more important things to do in that moment than make music. He didn't just see his piano and mourn its present and its even more dubious future state. He sat down and played. He played music as a way both to remove himself a bit from reality and to sink more deeply into it. As the water lapped at the piano and his own legs, he made beauty in his damaged house in his damaged city.

You can watch the video Mr. Harding made here.

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