Yes…this is my day.
I sit, having the privilege of serving my city by doing jury duty, and I can’t help but think about how serving others is very important. And, yes, I do find jury duty to be an honor and, believe it or not, fulfilling. Sure, it’s arduous and inconvenient. Sure, you have to rearrange your schedules and, for many, take time off of work. And sure, for many, taking time off of work means not getting paid. And, yes, sitting in the jury pool is a pain, but actually serving on a jury panel is pretty awesome (I served on an attempted murder trial a few years back). You’re exposed to how the judicial system works and you’re given a better appreciation for how justice is served in our country. Contrary to how people feel, I believe the system is fair, in that, the verdict is left up to the defendants’ peers and not some racist mastermind sitting in a chamber isolated away making all of the decisions.
The people are given the huge honor, privilege, and responsibility to decide the outcome.
Having said that, serving others, in any way you can is huge. Whether it’s serving with eleven others to decide fairness in a trial or sweeping up the sidewalks of a tattered downtown street, when we humble ourselves and find ways to help for the overall good of a community, positive momentum can begin to develop. And, as we’re catalyze toward making a difference, our cities will begin to slowly see the amazing light that surrounds it or, at the very least, see the potential each city has at becoming a place where people can truly call it home.
What are your thoughts on serving? How are you currently serving others?