Thursday, October 2, 2008

I solemnly swear

Finding stillness in a tumultuous world is nearly impossible. It’s hard enough to live in the moment during normal times. With economic meltdowns and presidential politics of historic proportions, the mind races from possibility to scenario to other possibilities and more scenarios. Until the jury summons arrives.

For three days this week, I’ve had to detach from normal life and fulfill my civil duty by sitting on a jury of my peers. The world could have come to an end outside the courtroom, and I’d have been none the wiser.

Yes, jury duty can be inconvenient, and the wheels of justice grind ever so slowly. But for the first time in a long while I was able to focus on one thing, in one place, for hours on end. No multitasking. No emails or texts or Web surfing. Just sitting. Listening. Deliberating. It was wonderfully freeing. Like a mini-holiday in my head.

With this blog, I try to share Web sites of interest, but not this time. The sites I found either focused on ways to get out of jury duty or the minutiae of juror rules. So the best I can do is offer some advice: Answer your summons. Stay focused. Enjoy the experience.

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