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befriend quiet

Learning. Connection. Awe. Laughter.

All things I seek to provide and also receive from social media.

Except, lately, it feels like it doesn’t take very long at all, just minutes of consuming even that the learning, connecting, awe, and laughter begins to feel like doubt, division, fear, and sadness.

I think I am exhausted of consuming everyone’s strong opinions and offense about everything. It simply doesn’t feel good.

I think I need to befriend quiet again and let the noise go for awhile.

So I think, I need to take a bit of a break. I am a bit terrified to be honest. I use social media to stay connected and grow my business and serve my community.

To face that which terrifies us is to be brave and trust.

I am not sure exactly what this looks like. I’d like to think that I can show up and serve whether with courage work or nature wonder or dog cuteness and not get sucked into scrolling. The reality is though that this probably isn’t possible for many of us. Plus, I don’t want to post and run. That isn’t really the connection that I think this thing is capable of gifting us.

I tried deleting the apps from my phone to help me disconnect. It lasted a day – it was too difficult to do the business side of things without the apps. So now, I think I am going to rely on accountability partners, prayer, and my desire to reclaim true connection, quiet, and presence.

It feels a bit like a wilderness, so the fact that the Lent season is upon us is not lost on me.

I wonder how much we all are needing to disconnect a bit to reconnect? To step away from the noise to hear clarity again? To receive wonder in authentic presence?

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Author:

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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