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People can change.

How often does our own unwillingness to let go prevent healing?

When we choose not to forgive, to hold onto an old narrative, or to allow hurt to define the relationship, we hinder our ability to see the potential for change in others.

People can change.

While sometimes they won’t or don’t want to, we must reflect on how our own feelings may obstruct our view of their efforts.

It’s true that when people show you who they are, you need to believe them. We must also recognize that individuals can evolve and deserve a chance to do so.

While countless opportunities aren’t healthy (hello, boundaries), accountability remains crucial.

May we ensure that our persistent hurt doesn’t impede the path to healing.


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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