More than that…

A college friend would say that I was my worst me while watching Packer football. Living in Minnesota, most of my friends were not Packer fans, yet they also knew I was more than that.

How often do we tend to place each other in groups, whether by political differences, religious affiliation or something else, and make bold statements about who they are based upon that placement? The reality, whether we admit it or not, is that we all may belong to a number of groups (I am still part of the lawyer club, but also fit into the mediator, homeowner, woman, daughter, Packer fan labels, which still do not tell the full story).

Do labels actually create conflict where it might otherwise not exist? Let us say that a group provides the only place someone receives a sense of acceptance or belonging, and you have just labeled them “bad” because of it. Sensing your rejection, might the person gain an even deeper loyalty to the group?

What groups do you consider yourself part of? How does this impact how people see you? Does this seem fair? If you do not recognize someone from another group as a friend, I strongly encourage you to reach out and get to know someone who does not think exactly like you. Getting to know someone beyond a group identity creates peace by recognizing the common humanity that we share. Through this peace building, we may see that we are all so much more than any label might suggest.

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.