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The unspoken is never benign.

You can cut the tension with a knife.
You can feel the unspoken.
You’re thinking the same thing that probably everyone else is thinking.

And yet, no one is naming it.

The meeting goes on.
Trudging through the muck of unspoken tension.
Attempting to just get it done. To focus on the facts.
Which you do… to an extent.

The meeting ends.
Then tension lives on.
Festering inside everyone.
Eating you from the inside out.
Which means it eats your relationships and how you connect with everyone.
Which means it eats your culture from the inside out.

The unspoken is never benign.
It holds power.
So much power that it owns everything.

Eventually, someone has to speak up.
And it takes a ton of trust and even more courage to do so.
Super vulnerable.

The unspoken is never, ever benign.
Nothing changes if nothing changes.

The real question is: how long will you not speak?


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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