|  Blog Post   |  Underneath weary burnout is often the root of resentment.

Underneath weary burnout is often the root of resentment.

How many of us…
– don’t say no enough
– do everything for everyone
– do not make the time to refill and restore ourselves
– don’t have healthy boundaries
– aren’t clear about our expectations of ourselves and others
– don’t ask for what we want and need
– insist on doing it all ourselves
– don’t own and healthily cope with our own stuff…

Pick your unspoken….

Except, remember, the unspoken is never benign.

This means that too often the unspoken
only festers and takes root as resentment.
And I’m talking those hard to weed out
in one swift clean pull of a root.
And no, scorching the land with chemicals isn’t the answer either.

By the time we see weary burnout in our homes
and within ourselves,
the root of resentment is often deep and invasive.
And, yep, I mean, dandelion invasive.

The skills of vulnerability, empathy, and shame resilience
can help loosen the soil.
Along with curious language and the intention of courage, humility, and service,
because this is connection,
and helps us get to the root of so much,
including weary burnout.

It is here, the life of courageous resilience,
that the soil is fertile for healing and growth.

*too far with the gardening reference on this cold and gray St. Louis fall morning…? Never. ??


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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