You drop a pebble into a pond. The ripples spread out in ever-widening circles, influencing others in ways you, the pebble-dropper, can't begin to imagine.
This compelling image is usually used to illustrate the after-effects of that first burst of transformative energy.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is the splash itself.
It's the geyser of awakening. It's the WHAM impact out of which all ripples flow. It's the depths the stone touches and the frothy height the water droplets attain.
Depths and heights. It's your deep sorrow about what's happening to the places you love... and your wild joy when you attend to those places and make beauty for them.
It's bold, the unpredictable, the outrageous. It's a dance, a dare, a greeting, a gift.
Making that first splash is the action of going to wounded places, opening up to the living presence of them as they are right now, sharing your stories and discoveries with others, and then giving back to the place. The ripples your act makes may be wide... and you will never know most of them, but you will know absolutely that you have done something that makes an impact.