Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.
You don’t measure love in time. You measure love in transformation. Sometimes the longest connections yield very little growth, while the briefest of encounters change everything. The heart doesn’t wear a watch - it’s timeless. It doesn’t care how long you know someone. It doesn’t care if you had a 40 year anniversary if there is no juice in the connection. What the heart cares about is resonance. Resonance that opens it, resonance that enlivens it, resonance that calls it home. And when it finds it, the transformation begins…
Didn’t think I come out with a different perspective after my jury service this week, but I have.
I honestly dreaded being called in for jury duty. I’ve heard stories of sitting and waiting for hours, how boring it could be & what not. But I was called in within 30 minutes of sitting in the waiting room. Then going up to the court room for voir dire, I was eventually chosen to stay on the jury for the given case. The actual process of it all was, yes, long, but interesting. It was interesting to see a number of people coming from different backgrounds and perspectives. It’s literally a random pool of people from the community.
Okay, so anyways, I won’t get into detail with the case that was presented to us. But all I know is that at the end of the day, after our deliberations and coming up with a verdict, I emotionally felt different. One of the jurors, who was a former juror for another case, told us that the case will linger in the back of our minds when we all was over. And she was definitely right. It actually started to hit me as the verdict was being read out. This is real life. We were given the power to decide the fate of the defendant. We alone interpreted the evidence given to us, and decided whether or not what he committed was a crime to be labeled guilty without a reasonable doubt.
This week definitely was a learning experience. I can understand why people don’t look forward to jury duty, but I also believe it’s an experience everyone should go through. You really get something out of it, even if you think it’s the most insignificant thing. I’m really glad I was chosen to handle the case that was given to me.