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

Sherry Ann Bruckner, JD, enjoys helping you bridge the gap from where you are to where you wish to be. An attorney, mediator, coach, speaker, and trainer, she strongly believes in the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage.

Sherry Ann invites and encourages you to consider your own level of peace. Inner peace creates outer peace and personal peace leads to world peace. You may find her enjoying a game or hiking a state park. Sherry Ann lives near Alexandria, Minnesota. 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.