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The And.

I have had some disappointing blows lately, which means I am needing to remind myself of the work I have taught for over half my life.

Disappointment and trust.

The And.

It is possible to feel more than one emotion at the same time.

Feel it. Speak it. Cope with it. Move it.

Befriend the sadness, disappointment, frustration, surrender, trust, and knowing it will be okay.

Welcome it all to the table.

And make sure Love sits at the head.

Reminding myself of what I used to tell my clients:

Sit with the shit, and not in the shit.

So with a deep breath and some tears, I feel it all, get back up and out of the stank.

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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