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

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.