Restoring Grace Mr. Roger’s Way

Have you seen, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood?” The consummate gentle grace-filled man, Mr. Rogers (Tom Hanks), notably says, “you were once a child, too.” Mr. Rogers’ grace allows him to see the child in everyone he meets. By loving people exactly as he finds them, Mr. Rogers offers the tremendous gift of acceptance. 

Why see the child in each person? Why remember that “you were once a child, too?” Is it easier to recognize a child’s needs for security, connection, affection, acknowledgement, understanding, autonomy, peace, and of course, physical well-being? When adults see these needs within children, perhaps they more easily understand a child’s behavior indicates whether one of those needs remain unmet. 

What if we see the child-like wonder and beauty in each person we meet? Will we do the same for the next person too? And our brother? Our sister? Our neighbor? It does not mean we take responsibility for meeting everyone’s needs. It starts by recognizing each person, including ourselves, has needs. By fully seeing the child and underlying needs, maybe each of us may assume some of the gentleness and grace of Mr. Rogers. 

Do you remember the child within you? Conflict coaching and mediation allow space for people to clarify needs and consider options to create more lasting solutions.

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.