Silence, Violence, or Peace

No one goes from nothing to bombing someone.  

It starts with a thought.

Whether you are a person of silence, violence, or peace, it all starts with a thought.  

Both people of silence or violence may think thoughts that place more value on some people or things and less value on “other” people and things.  

Based on the thinking, a person of violence uses words to attack those “other” people. Then take actions that create physical and/or emotional harm and may lead to death or destruction. This involves going into “fight” mode. 

A person of silence may withdraw and shut down, giving deference to another. This may mean saying or doing nothing when being attacked, standing still while watching someone else being attacked, or running away. A person of silence avoids the situation, which may show up as the “flight” or “freeze” mode.  

A person of peace notices and questions their own thoughts, ideas, and actions, as well as those around them. This means knowing what you wish to create, considering and respecting those involved, and staying true to oneself in the process.  

Neither silence nor violence resolves conflict. Coming from a place of peace does.  

Being a person of peace begins with a thought.  

What do you believe about you? What do you believe about people around you, across the country, and around the globe?  

A peace leader thinks, speaks, and acts from a place of clarity, compassion, and curiosity. They establish clear parameters, while understanding underlying needs are at play for everyone involved.  

What words do you speak into the world? Words that unite or divide?  

Be mindful of your own thoughts and actions and whether your actions demonstrate value for the “other.” You may notice “other” in quotes because I believe no “other” exists. Humanity remains united as spirit. When we think and act otherwise, we are simply out of alignment with our design. The infinite power that gifts you and me breath calls us to be people of peace.  

Conflicts resolution happens when questioning thoughts, ideas, and actions of yourself and those around you. You choose whether to approach conflict with silence, violence, or peace. 

Which will you choose? 

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 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.