Appreciating both Red and Blue

Have you ever appreciated someone else’s different skills? To function as a civilized society, we need people to have and share their different gifts and talents.  

We need people willing to focus their time and energy in different areas. If everyone focuses their time and energy on the same issues and projects, some very important issues and projects may not be addressed.  

Does this extend to different views and perspectives as well? What if we need Democrats and Republicans and other political parties who fundamentally view things differently? Might that be an important part of our democracy?  If only one perspective is viewed, something or someone undoubtedly gets overlooked.  

During times of pain or crisis, political labels generally disappear, and people recognize that they need each other. The truth may be that we need each other every single day. 

Just because we need each other does not mean it is necessarily easy to talk with each other. If you are looking for ideas on how to talk with your neighbor about political issues, sign up for the online Peace Building 101 class. (Free during 2020). Remember to approach challenging conversations with 1) curiosity with a sincere desire to understand, 2) compassion that demonstrates an understanding that your neighbor’s view meets a need, and 3) clarity about how you show up in the moment, regardless of another’s behavior.

While you may not agree with your Blue or Red neighbor, are you willing to approach conversations clarity, compassion, and curiosity?  You may just begin to appreciate that the person offers a view that you could not see from where you stand. 

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Most widely known as Lonzo's human, mediator, speaker, and author Sherry Ann Bruckner works with leaders and organizations to create peace, resolve conflict, and transform visions into results.

From her twenty-plus years' experience practicing civil and family law, and her own personal experiences with silence and violence, Sherry Ann understands how much inner peace impacts outer peace. A graduate of Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts and William Mitchell College of Law, she also studied conflict resolution at Rothberg International School in Jerusalem. Sherry serves as a neutral on matters ranging from bias and employment discrimination to marriage dissolution and caring for aging parents. A speaker and trainer on the global stage, Sherry gives you and your audience practical skills and the confidence to use embrace your personal power to create peace. Through helping thousands of people navigate their way through conflict, and finding her own way to inner peace, she shares the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage.

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Sherry Ann Bruckner

Be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.