Friday, April 13, 2012

How to Get Out of Jury Duty

So...  I was summoned for jury duty this week.  I don't know how many times a citizen should get summoned, but I've been summoned five times since I was in college.  I'm told the computer randomly picks names, but I'm starting to believe it really likes my name.  FIVE times. 

My husband has yet to be summoned. 

Anyway, I showed up to the county courthouse on Tuesday and sat with 250 other people praying that I wouldn't get picked.  The court clerk told us she needed 130 potential jurors and 250 people were sitting in the room.  Yay!  I had a 50/50 shot of getting to go to work.

Guess which 50% I was in?  Yep, the 130.  I was assigned to a court and told to return at 8:30 the next morning for a misdemeanor case.

Now, I had already cleared my schedule at work for Tuesday and moved everything to Wednesday.  So I left the courthouse, went to work and rearranged my schedule AGAIN to clear Wednesday in case I was picked.

I showed up for court on Wednesday and went through the jury selection process.  It took about three hours.  I was one of 20 potential jurors, and they only needed to pick six people.  The odds had improved from Tuesday.

Interestingly enough, while the attorneys asked us if we felt we had problems judging the merits of the case on the facts presented and only on the facts presented for different reasons, I was the only potential juror the defense attorney asked what I did for a living.  (For the record, I am an HR Manager at an insitution of higher education.) 

For some reason, I don't think he liked that.  I was in the lucky majority that got released.  So I drove to work and rearranged my schedule.  Again :)

I found this video online of a humorous way a man replied to his jury summons.  I'm not brave enough to try this tactic, but the announcer does mention an interesting way to get out of jury duty. 

Have you been summoned for jury duty?  Have you ever served on a jury duty?  Would you want to serve on a jury?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Delight in What Inspires You

Spring has staked her claim here in Texas.  We've had some gorgeous sunny days.  Bluebonnets line the roads.  My kids have caught the fever. 

Spring Fever, that is.

It's contagious.  I feel the strongest urge to play hookie from the day to day deadlines, routines, and to-do lists that dominate my days.  I want to slow down and just be.  I want to throw out all agendas and be open to the universe, take it all in, and breathe.

Whenever I feel this way, my fingers itch to write.  My cup, the one that runs on empty all too often, runneth over when I write.

I write because I feel inspired to tell a story.  According to Robert McKee in his book, Story, we take in stories as much as we sleep.  He says, 'The world now consumes films, novels, theatre, and television in quantities and with such ravenous hunger that the story arts have become humanity's prime source of inspiration, as it seeks to order chaos and gain insight to life.'

  • Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity
  • An agency, such as a person or work of art, which moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention.
  • Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.
  • Something that encourages
  • Act of breathing in
I invite you to make time to find your inspiration.  Listen to music.  Sit outside on the patio of a restaurant or cafe and observe and listen to the people around you.  Read your favorite novel for the fiftieth time.  Dream.  Exercise.  Spend Time with a friend.  View art.  Watch a movie.

Breathe.  Be.

Delight in whatever inspires you.  Let it feed your imagination and fill your cup.  Then pour all of that inspired energy into whatever creative activity fulfills you and lose yourself in your creation, so that all else is forgotten and time stands still.

"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly." ~ Lauren Bacall

What inspires you?