In the Neighborhood

Years ago, a roommate and I returned to our apartment to find our upstairs neighbor (who we had not yet met) asleep on our couch. Perhaps he felt tired of climbing stairs and our floor seemed an appropriate place to stop, or maybe he found our furniture more comfortable. We startled him when we walked in, and he quickly apologized and scurried away. No need for more of a conversation. 

Two young men with a rather impressive stereo later rented the place next door to me. Their love of music filtered into my townhome regularly. With my dining room wall trembling, I decided it was a good time to meet my neighbors. I complimented them on their choice in stereos, particularly the exceptional bass, explained I was hosting guests who would be there soon, and asked if they could reduce the volume for the evening. They graciously kept their stereo at a lower volume for that night, and for the rest of our time as neighbors. Someone pointed out that I could have blasted my stereo to send them a message; however, what if they thought I was just enjoying my stereo or trying to annoy them? This  strategy would not have clearly conveyed what I really wanted – to enjoy more peace and quiet on my side. 

Not all neighborhood issues may be resolved as quickly and amicably. People build structures that impede a neighbor’s view, drive or hunt on land without acknowledging property boundaries, or engage in other behavior that fails to respect each neighbor’s needs. Ideally, neighbors talk early on and build a relationship that allows space to address any concerns. However, neighbors sometimes need help engaging in constructive conversation. 

Mediation supports these important conversations by providing a safe space where you may speak your truth, be heard, and create ideas for resolution. 

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.