|  Blog Post   |  Without humble empathy, there is no courage.

Without humble empathy, there is no courage.

Choosing and practicing empathy doesn’t mean we baby, placate, fix, or make excuses for others.

Empathy is sitting beside people with their difficulty and their pain, holding space with care to seek to understand.

It is here the ground is level, and the space is created to move through whatever is going on together.

When we baby, placate, fix, or make excuses for someone in struggle, often we only send them out the door enabling them to stay stuck.

Empathy allows us to hold people accountable for their work, responsibilities, and change in a way that holds our common humanity above shame, judgment, criticism, and our own stuff.

When we choose the skill set of empathy, we walk through life together and send them out the door empowered to make real change.

Without humble empathy, there is no courage.


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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