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Prentis Hemphill Quote

sometimes people don’t have what we need.

There are people in my life I have to love from afar.



To know that sometimes people don’t have what we need.

Or they don’t want to.

Which means they don’t have it.

To stop going to an empty well looking for water.

This means that we love people within their limitations, set boundaries while having care and respect for them, feel all the feelings that come up for us when people don’t have what we need, and then go find what we need somewhere else.

I think this work is also possible and needed in our leadership relationships.


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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