Letting Go of Labels

What happens when you label someone? Do you stop caring about their needs

As I sat in a coffee shop last week, I overheard some folks talking about a group of people from a country outside of the United States. I wondered how they came to their conclusions. Their words were less than generous, and it struck me that no one in the group questioned the choice of labels. 

What provokes people to label another group of people with such disdain? 

When seeing someone in such a negative light, it proves difficult to recognize their full humanity.  

Labels sometimes provide comfort and ease. “Labeling” may also build a connection among the labelers. Yet, someone generally pays the price for that ease and connection.  

When viewing a person as the given label, it may also seem easier to not consider their needs.  

Too often in conflict, someone thinks that only one person or group’s needs may be met at any given time. That is simply untrue.  

Whether seeking appreciation, clarity, comfort, respect, security, or understanding, a way to meet everyone’s needs exists. It requires clarifying with compassion, losing the labels, and listening to learn.  

When you let go of labels, will you see a human being with needs? 

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.