Radical Joy Revealed
April 30, 2014

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.

I See the Place Transformed
Radical Joy for Hard Times Board of Directors with their RadJoy Bird, sewage treatment plant, Auburn, NY. Photo by Barbara Bitondo

To restore beauty to a wounded place, it is necessary to give beauty, even as instinct tells me to hide or flee. The metamorphosis begins with the shifting of my expectations of what it is possible for me to accomplish here. I realize I do not have to fix anything or prove anything, but simply witness.


Yes, I say to the scary but compelling possibility that I can face what is broken, ugly, toxic, damaged. Reaching out with the willingness to make contact with the unbeautiful, I realize that not only am I not dragged down into depression, but just the reverse happens. I start seeing beauty here. I see the place change from something deficient and debilitated to a living being trying to prevail under difficult circumstances. I accept its vulnerability and need and affirm my willingness to close the distance between us. I agree to engage with this place.  


And it is when I take the next step, when I create beauty for the place, that I move past the last threshold keeping me separate. To give beauty is to fall in love with a place and with the possibility of transformation.




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