Radical Joy Revealed
August 16, 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. 

Hearts for a heap of rusted cans. By land artist Ivy Walker (http://www.ivywalker.com/), Crested Butte, Colorado,
2017 Global Earth Exchange. Photo by the artist.
Of course we would love some assurance that any action we take will have a desirable outcome! Or at least that somebody will notice! Will pause when they meet our offering and say, "Well, that is exactly right. I have been waiting for just this."
Sometimes we get just the opposite: rejection, misunderstanding, apathy.
Nevertheless, it's vital that we do what we must do in the moment simply because it needs doing. Because creating meaning and beauty in the moment may not save the world or the place... but it will save us.
This is the principal behind RadJoy's mission of finding and making beauty in damaged places. We do it whether anyone's watching us create an altar out of a tree stump or reshape trash in a vacant lot to make a bird. We do it knowing that the winds and animals and traffic may sweep in and change our work. We do it because we love a hurt place as we love a dear friend who is ill--knowing that, even though we may be powerless to change the course of things, we can act right here, right now to bring beauty, friendship, attention, and even joy to the moment. Even the saddest of moments.
So make beauty for wounded places! Doing so, you open yourself up to the sorrow and the beauty of world around you and your own capacity to hold it all, live it all, love it all.

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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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