|  Blog Post   |  Be kind. Be generous. Be loving.

Be kind. Be generous. Be loving.

Last night sitting in my car alone at the emergency vet for four hours until way past my bedtime with our dog’s eye emergency that was very much trumped by other terrifying emergencies, several courage lessons were only reiterated and proven more strongly for me…

We can understand AND not agree with someone’s policies and procedures.

We must remember that human beings with complex stories are behind and affected by every policy and procedure, which means those policies and procedures may need to be flexible at times.

We can know people are doing their very best AND it can still not be good enough for us.

For me, it is not okay to separate people from their dogs during trauma.

More than that, though, for me, it is downright cruel to separate human beings from one another, especially during trauma.

Many of the people you come into contact with today may be functioning from a nervous system that is beyond tired, triggered, and shot. Be kind. Be generous. Be loving.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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