Time For…

Growing up in rural Wisconsin, I knew and trusted that neighbors looked out for each other. We considered everyone who lived on Famechon Ridge our neighbor, although we needed to walk at least a half a mile to see the nearest ones. In the coldest of winter months, a neighbor called when the bus picked up her boys, signaling time to walk to the end of our road to catch the bus. Folks gathered to find critters that got out and help each other with projects or loan the literal cup of sugar. We spent hours playing in a tree house or near the  cornfields. Neighbors stopped to visit and there was always plenty of food to share. 

It may sound like we spent a lot of time together, but realistically, we might go weeks or months without sharing the same space. We just knew folks looked out for each other. Today, we have a new opportunity to look out for each other by keeping our distance. We also have time to connect in different ways. Last night, one of my book clubs met via Zoom. Maybe you have already found yourself on telephone calls, FaceTime, Google Duo, WhatsApp, and embracing other methods of connection. 

Perhaps you find yourself with more time to cook, read, play games, watercolor, write, exercise, clean a closet, or start a new project. It may also allow to reflect on how to care- for yourself and others. 

What do you most need right now? How might you meet that need? (If you struggle to identify your needs, check out this free resource: https://brucknermediation.com/free-resources) Are you willing to ask for what you need? Will you accept help?  What if the person does not say yes?

When needs remain unmet, conflict arises. It helps to think about what you need, and various ways to meet the need. You get to ask others to help you meet your needs. A “no” response usually represents another person’s desire to meet a personal need. What might the other person need? How are you meeting your own needs? 

Be gentle with yourself and others. Be the peace, friends!

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.

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.