Lessons from Lonzo

I said “good-bye for now” to my best buddy and faithful friend, Lonzo, on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. A 16-year-old, bischon-shiatsu, he lived a great life, sharing his love with many, and teaching me to be a better human being.  

A few of Lonzo’s lessons: 

1) Appreciate this new moment. Whether away for three days or three minutes, each time I entered the room, Lonzo greeted me with first time enthusiasm. Whatever happened last year, last week, or just a few minutes ago no longer matters. Look at people in a fresh light. Each moment offers a brand-new moment to experience and enjoy.  

2) Greet people (and critters). Lonzo offered a friendly tail wag to humans and critters alike. Being seen and greeted by Lonzo brought smiles and joy to many. Seeing and greeting people builds connection.  A simple greeting~ smile, “hello,” tail wag, or hug~ goes a long way in creating peace.  

3) Listen to your body and rest.  While I easily picture Lonzo bouncing through the snow or sniffing his way through Carlos State Park, he just as often could be found snuggled on the couch, in his bed, or on a random blanket. Take care of you. Know when to stop and nap. 

I am forever grateful to be Lonzo’s person. Rest in peace, buddy. Thank you for the lessons. 

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.

Visit brucknermediation.com/services to learn more or give her a call at (320) 808-3212.
Sherry Ann Bruckner

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