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choose to stay curious and listen

Today of all days, may we remember to sit beside someone who thinks and feels differently than us and seek to understand them.

Asking how come, tell me more, and will you share your story with me and how you came to believe this?

And then to truly choose to stay curious and listen, really listen.

To witness one another’s fears and loves.

To remember that seeking to understand doesn’t mean we agree.

Simply, though in these times not always easily, to choose to remember our shared and common humanity in and through our differences.


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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