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The Power of Empathy, the Power of Hope
May 4, 2020
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.
-Viktor Frankl

A Message from Nancy Rosenow, Exchange’s Publisher:

As we begin a new week, I wanted to share two thoughts with you that I’m finding helpful during this time of continuing challenge. One is from a beautiful book by Piero Ferrucci called The Power of Kindness:

“Empathy is a means at our disposal for bringing relief and contentment to another person. It is no coincidence that, according to many psychotherapists, empathy is the essential ingredient of the successful therapeutic relationship. Suffering individuals do not need diagnoses, advice, interpretations, manipulations. They need genuine and total empathy…

However, we can also have too much of a good thing. We can easily overdose on empathy. We hear about other people’s troubles and suffering, we identify with them completely, and we end up exhausted and torn…we can lose our center…We first need to be sure we are in touch with ourselves and our own needs, in possession of our own space and time.”

And in Holly Elissa Bruno’s inspiring book, Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You: Translating Trauma’s Harsh Legacy into Healing, she writes this about the power of hope:

“Viktor Frankl in Auschwitz chose to believe his wife was alive in a different prison camp. He didn’t know if she lived or if she had been killed by gas or other inhuman cruelties until liberation years later. Choosing hope kept Frankl alive and energized to help others.

During devastation, ‘always look for the helpers,’ Fred Rogers’ mother told him. The helpers are the ones with perspective who see what needs to be done and do it. Frankl surveyed the despairing faces in the concentration camp and asked, ‘Why do some of us survive and others despair and die?’

He determined survivors are the ones fueled by hope.”

Happiness is Running Through
the Streets to Find You

Translating Trauma's Harsh Legacy into Healing

We have had such heart-warming responses to our “choose-your-own price” option for Holly Elissa Bruno’s book, so we are again pleased to offer this to all who might benefit from her book. Please use the coupon that is right for you. If your situation is such that 10% still doesn’t help enough, then please use the 30% off coupon code. (And if you’re able to pay full price, thank you. You help us be able to provide large discounts for those in need.)

To get 10% off of this title, use coupon code TEN
To get 30% off of this title, use coupon code THIRTY

Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You
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.

May not be combined with any other offer.
Sale expires January 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST.


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Andrea Furman · May 04, 2020
La Jolla, San Diego, California., United States

Hi Nancy and the EED Team ! Hope you and your families are all well and safe. Thank GD we are all well and safe.
Once again this is an inspirational and heartwarming article- a great way to start the week at any time but especially now going into our eighth week in lockdown here in San Diego. It needs to be read and absorbed by all our communities not just Early Childhood Educators. Our leaders in our communities and nation would benefit greatly from these daily reads. I know I will practice what I learn each week and will spread the goodness to all my family, friends and community .Looking forward to many more. Stay well and safe. Warmly, AndreaFurman.

chanell hunter-gordon · May 04, 2020
north central texas council of governments
arlington, Texas, United States

This was a good first read to kick start my week!

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