Radicals, Unite!

It’s not as easy to march to a different drummer as it used to be. Being a socialist in a democratic country is no longer considered radical. Neither is multiple piercings or tattoos. Lifestyles that depart from the one man, one woman, and 2.5 children no longer raise eyebrows. You can live and talk any way you choose. Dress or undress any way you like. Your looks, values, beliefs, and practices can be anywhere on the spectrum of human behavior, and they won’t cause one blip on the radar screen of what’s radical. But there’s hope for those wanting to make a radical mark in a world where “anything goes” is normal.

Keeping your word even if it is to your own hurt. That’s radical. Loving even when not loved in return. That’s radical. Recognizing the genuine from the counterfeit. That’s radical. Doing what’s right because it’s right, and doing it right. That’s radical. Being generous and open-handed. That’s radical. Giving grace to others. That’s radical. Saying “I’m sorry” even when you’re not the one who is wrong. That’s radical. Thinking the best of others. That’s radical. Keeping your mouth shut when you are bursting to say something. That’s radical. Putting the fork down before feeling stuffed. That’s radical. Forgiving. That’s radical. Practicing kindness. That’s radical. Expecting goodness. That’s radical. Believing in yourself. That’s radical. Considering each day a gift. That’s radical. Being willing to discipline your child because you know it protects him from harm. That’s radical. Telling the truth. That’s radical. Acting as if love is a commitment and not an emotion. That’s radical.

The folks at trifecta asked us to use the 3rd definition of the word radical and write something between 33-333 words.
Made with real cheese for that melt-in-your-mouth flavor you can’t resist.


About paulajwray

I am a writer and I live in the Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado with my husband and a balding black cat. I write humor, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, inspirational essays, and poetry. When I'm not writing, making lists, or forcing a family member to listen to something I've written, I'm reading, gardening, or laughing with my friends. I also, occasionally, sit and stare.
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13 Responses to Radicals, Unite!

  1. lumdog says:

    This has some great messages. Nice writing too!

  2. deanabo says:

    “That’s radical. Loving even when not loved in return. That’s radical.” I really like this line.

  3. Linda Vernon says:

    Oh boy do I like this! I often thought the same thing only not as articulately! Nicely done Paula. 😀

  4. jannatwrites says:

    It does take a lot more to raise eyebrows these days. I agree with all your ideas of how to be radical. The world would be a radically better place, I think 🙂

  5. Loved this piece – In a world of anything goes, it takes someone being radical to forgive. Nice.

  6. I hope to teach my son how to be a radical. Loved this. Thanks for sharing.

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