“I hold this belief: as an educator, I want to live what I teach,” writes Holly Elissa Bruno in her new book: Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You.
“My mother, a woman of slogans, stressed: Practice what you preach. I believe each child and every adult deserves to be respected, listened to and appreciated for her or himself. While holding myself to this worthy standard of authenticity, I confounded my vision with something dark and un-seeable: Perfectionism fueled by terror. Perfectionism was a cover for my feeling unworthy and inadequate. I feared people would see my flaws and fire me….”
The author tells about the moment she learned to start telling the truth about herself, realizing, “I was the statistic I was talking about in my keynote” as she delivered talks to educators about child abuse.
“From my heart then,” she writes, “I thanked each early childhood professional for her/his life-giving role in helping children like me feel safe, protected, cared for, and yes, loved.”
the Streets to Find You
Translating Trauma's Harsh Legacy into Healing
The newest Exchange title, Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You: Translating Trauma's Harsh Legacy into Healing is a personal memoir of author Holly Elissa Bruno. She shares her childhood experience of trauma and abuse with you to offer a beacon of hope and a tangible example of how you can make a positive difference in the world and most of all, in the lives of children.
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