Radical Joy Revealed
October 12, 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. 

To "attend" is to turn our energies toward something that calls to us, as a gardener attends to a garden.

Radical Joy for Hard Times is dedicated to finding and making beauty for places that are endangered or have been damaged. Sometimes we say that what we are doing is "attending to" these places.
 
To attend is to listen to or consider. It is to turn our energies toward something that calls to us, as a gardener attends to a garden, regularly and mindfully doing what is necessary, always watching for the plants' response to our actions and responding accordingly.
 
Attending also means applying ourselves to the care of another, as a nurse or doctor attends a patient. A conscientious health practitioner not only monitors the condition of the patient and does what she can to promote healing, but also brings into the situation her own non-judgmental presence and full acceptance of the ailing person.
 
A third meaning of attending is to be in service to a higher authority, as a duke attends a queen, humbly and loyally carrying out her wishes.
 
To attend to a place we love, then, is to be gardener, a nurse, and a duke to it. It is offering our loving presence without conditions or demands. It is cultivating an attitude of patience, while opening ourselves to learn from the one we serve. Attending the places we love with curiosity, compassion, and ardor, we come to accept that the entire cycle of life and death is sacred and full of meaning. In the process, both attender and attended are transformed.
 
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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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