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We don’t need to be fixed

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

Back in March, I had a TikTok go viral, although I am not even sure what accounts for viral these days.

My life didn’t change overnight because of one video, as some people want from a viral video. Rather, over 500K people heard a message about my family and how to be more empathic with stories of struggle.

I am not sure I will ever understand the social media algorithm gods, nor will I compartmentalize myself down to one part of who I am to please the masses to stay viral, let alone ever figure out the ideal time, day, and type of content to post on all the different platforms to appease these gods. Instead, I will keep being me, all of me, because then I can serve the world well.

For reasons I’ll clearly never understand, that video has picked up crazy views again in the last 24 hours with over 40,000 new views and a ton of comments over on TikTok.

I do wonder if a video about empathy could reach a million…

More than that, I wonder if even just one person met someone they care about with empathy because of this tiny 58-second video and my three.


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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