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BOLDness, Be My Friend: Taking a Risk to be your Best Brave Original Loving Direct Self

by Holly Elissa Bruno, Ruth Ann Ball, Alicia D. Smith and Beverlyn Cain
May/June 2019
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Being bold, pulling back your shoulders, stepping out of safe predictability and speaking up for what matters. Does this describe you or how you yearn to be? 

Each time we choose BOLDness, being Brave Original Loving Direct, scary as those times can be, magic happens. Our vision clears, our hearts rejoice, we grow. Our actions radiate hope for all. Our true self high-fives our terrified self. Smiles glow and spread.

When we choose BOLDness, we also risk being body-slammed. Messengers of change can get shot. BOLDness and resistance to being BOLD compete in a ritualistic dance. Which prevails? So much depends on forces beyond our control. Given the kneecapping dangers, why choose boldness in our gentle profession?

Or, why on earth not choose BOLDness! Even if our BOLDness fails, we shall have taken a chance to make a difference. 

“In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold.” —John Leonard

Holding a hand is something we early childhood professionals do instinctively. BOLDness invites others to take our hands and partner ...

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