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To feel known and loved

“All hearts have but one request. One simple, unspoken, undeniable need. One undeniable fear.

To be known.

You can stamp it out. Kill it. Box it up and hem it in. Numb it and close the door. Bury it and nail it shut. Encase it in stone. But eventually, the needs of the heart will tear the door off the hinges, unearth it, and crack the stone. No prison ever built could house it. Those of us who think we can are lying to ourselves. And those next to us.

Hope never dies.”

Yesterday I got to teach a three-hour workshop on empathy with an incredibly engaged and very courageous group.

Then with soul-shaking confirmation, I read the above words before sleep in the book I’m reading by one of my all-time favorite authors, Charles Martin.

People don’t need to be fixed.
We aren’t broken.
We need to feel known and loved.

What would it be like to create that space at work?


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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