Radical Joy Revealed
November 16, 2016
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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. 

Beautiful iris close up
Close-up of iris by Declan McCullagh

Today you can exercise your crafts of stealth, creativity, and magic.
 
We all have the ability to conjure simple but powerful, clear but mysterious transformation when we create beauty for wounded places.
 
And there are many kinds of wounded places in our lives: from the climate that swirls about us, to the wild places that are disappearing, to tensions in our country, to troubles in our homes and work and relationships.
 
Today, pick one of those wounded places that tug at your heart and make some sneaky beauty for it!
 
Why sneaky? Because deciding how you're going to make this beauty without anyone knowing it was you is fun and challenging. It will tweak your creativity. It will make you feel like a kid playing in a forbidden place. It will whisk you out of the ordinary and into beguiling new terrain of your own making.
 
Here are a few ideas:
  • Make a little drawing (unsigned, of course) to cheer up a colleague at work who's having a hard time and leave it on his or her desk.
  • Go out at night and tie a colorful ribbon or hang a Christmas ornament on a tree in the yard of every house on your block.
  • Leave a flower at the doorstep of someone who voted differently than you.
  • Pause at a dump, abandoned lot, or other eyesore you often pass by and sing a song to it.
  • If you see a homeless person on the street, give not only spare change but a few moments of your time for conversation.
 
You have just made sneaky beauty! Now tell us about it by posting on our Facebook page.

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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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