Who Creates Community?

What does community mean to you?  Where do you feel a sense of community? 

Wondering about the community awaiting in Kentucky, Fred, an elder in my Minnesota church, told me to find my people wherever I live by extending my hand and saying, “hello.”  

To me a community involves a sense of support and belonging. People may find this in their neighborhood, city or town. Other people find community in civic organizations, sports teams, workplaces, book and card clubs, coffee shops, and taverns. Communities often exist within communities.  

Yet, members of a community may not always feel support or belonging. What if you do not feel like you belong? What if you disagree with the people in your community?  

If the goal is build a stronger sense of community, it helps to find shared meaning. It means asking questions and really listening to see the commonality. Looking for differences, I will find them. If I seek commonality, I will find it.  At a minimum, each person shares common needs.

Fred gave me clear instructions on how I could create my sense of community. Being part of the community requires engaging in the community. It helps to know the reason for engaging. What leads me to do this? Who benefits? Will it build connection?

Being aware of the energy I bring to any situation may be as crucial as whether I show up. Doing things out of obligation transmit a certain energy. Bringing feelings of frustration or irritation may create disconnection.  

Who creates community? I do. You do. We all do. What type of community will each of us create?

If you would like support to engage in more connective communication, sign up for a class today or contact Bruckner Mediation for transformational coaching.  

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.