RadJoy RadJoy Revealed Getting The Heart Ready For The Hard Times

In this summer of 2018, torrential rains swamp the northeastern states of America, and fires rage in the west. Heat scorches Europe, and the rainy season in Bali has lasted for almost a year. Few can deny any longer that global climate change is a reality.
There are many practical things  each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint. But we must also refresh and renew how we live with the places that sustain us, even when they are under threat.
We must give love and attention to these places. What happens to them will happen to us as well, and the challenges could range from extreme weather to an influx of refugees to water shortages. Remembering to find fresh examples of beauty in our places every day, no matter what has happened to them, we open ourselves to the gifts that are always available, even in darkness. Sharing our stories of the challenges confronting our places, we discover the deep roots we have in common, despite our religious, political, or ethnic differences. Making beauty for our places, we celebrate the inherent worth beneath the scars. Making beauty we find beauty.

Trebbe Johnson
Trebbe JohnsonFounder
Trebbe is the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover and 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty. Her new book, Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty, will be published in Fall 2018 by North Atlantic Books. Her articles about people’s emotional and spiritual relationship with nature have appeared in Orion, Sierra, Ecopsychology, The Ecologist, The Nation, Harper’s and other magazines. She lives with her husband, Andrew Gardner, in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, a region currently under exploitation by natural gas companies.

MORE RADICAL JOY REVEALED

  • Peregrine Falcon

The Beauty Impulse

No matter what’s knocked us down or how long we’ve been there, we can not only survive but thrive. Flattened by grief—ecological, social, personal—we can still be pierced by beauty, wonder, and delight. These gifts [...]

  • 800px Bindweed Plant Breaking Through Asphalt 8 P1030678

The Resilience of Green

I am sitting on a fold-up chair at the top of the asphalt driveway which brings us halfway up the mountain to where our house sits. The house was built in 1987, and the driveway [...]

More Revealed

SUBSCRIBE

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places.