Radical Joy Revealed
July 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.

What the Norns Know
Three Norns
The Three Norns, drawing by Amalie Schoppe, 1832
Radical Joy for Hard Times is dedicated to healing the relationship between people and wounded places through simple acts of beauty. Devotion to beauty in the moment is the work of the Norns, three women of Norse mythology who stand at the Well of Destiny in the upper level of Yggdrasil, the World Tree.

Yggdrasil is under constant attack. A dragon gnaws the roots, stags nibble the bark, and a malicious squirrel named Ratatosk dashes up and down the trunk, spreading gossip. The mission of the Norns is to care for the World Tree. They draw water from the well, mix it with clay, and apply it to the wounds of the tree.

The Norns know they can't prevent damage. They also know that the world's cataclysmic end is foretold, when the wolf Sleipnir will rise up out of his long sleep and start devouring all creation. Still they continue their sacred, ceaseless act of healing. They dedicate themselves to the tree without hope of changing the future. They don't pray to the gods to make things different. They don't destroy those who cause problems. They know the future, yet they work lovingly to heal and sooth the present.

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See How the World Made Beauty
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On June 21 people around the world went to wounded places, shared their stories of what the places mean to them, spent time getting to know the places as they are now, and made a simple act of beauty there. To see the photos of the 5th annual Global Earth Exchange, visit our website. To read the stories click on the little "pins" on our world map.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss and despair, 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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