Choosing Peace

What does it mean to truly experience peace? Do you and the people around you feel peace at the same time? 

There is no judgment for feeling peace or not feeling peace. It is neither good nor bad to feel any feeling. I choose my feelings and you choose yours. Feelings reveal important information about needs. 

It may certainly seem easier to feel peace when our needs are met. What if my needs are more likely to be met when I interact with the world from a place of peace? What happens when you show up from a place of peace?

What about this idea of choosing peace? In each situation, you and I choose what to make something mean. We may choose to believe that words either mean something positive or negative about speaker or listener, and then feel joy and contentment, or frustration or sadness as a result. We may also simply be at peace with the moment, and not view as it needing to be anything other than what it is.

Let’s say you are in the restroom and someone points out that you have toilet paper stuck to your shoe. What might you choose to think or feel about the fact that you have toilet paper stuck to your shoe and that a stranger pointed it out to you? Perhaps, you will be glad the person told you and feel grateful. You may also think the person believes you look foolish and feel embarrassed. What if you smile, say “thank you for telling me,” remove the toilet paper, and move on in peace?

The ability to choose peace exists in every moment. No person or situation can make you feel anything else.

Choosing peace does not meaning being submissive or remaining silent. It means approaching the situation from a level of inner calm and awareness.

You may decide not to let what anyone else says or does, or any other circumstance, determine how you show up in the world.

I may choose to look out at ten inches of snow falling, think “how beautiful” and feel peace. Another person may look at the snow, believe “that really stinks” and feel angry. Each of us gets to choose what feeling resonates with us in any given moment. It is neither right nor wrong. The reality is that the snow may be impacting our lives in very different ways. How we feel about it, though, remains a choice.  

In Peace Building 101: Begin with You, I give you the tools and confidence to reclaim your personal power to create peace. Consciously choosing thoughts about, and during, each moment, you may choose thoughts that generate feelings of peace or discomfort.  

Who or what do you let dictate your feelings? What if reclaim your power to create peace? Will you choose peace?

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.