Scene: A gathering (to meet an author) among neighbors. Spoken over the wine, cheese and macadamia nut chocolates.
Conversation veered to my and another’s recent Grand Jury Duty. Everybody groaned at the idea of jury duty, but then we talked about some positives…
Me: It was really interesting to be with 22 other people that you would probably never have met. Together in a room for five weeks, from 9:00 to 5:00. We had serious business but we also had down-time to get to know each other. People from all parts of the city, not just my corner.
Sophisticated woman in modern jewelry: That reminds me of when I had Driving School! I had done something wrong and they would take it off my driving record if I went to driving school. I met all kinds of people. I really enjoyed it. My friends sometimes asked me what I was doing that night and I would happily say, “I’m going to Driving School.” I realized that I really enjoyed the people there.
Sophisticated woman continuing: We do tend to stay in our, what? Our silos and just know the same kind of people as us, directly around us.
Me: Wouldn’t it be good if there were more opportunities to do that? To meet people you wouldn’t meet normally? What other chances could there be, ha ha, besides jury duty and driving school?!
What do you think? You know the expression, ‘a big fish in a little pond?’ Here we liked being thrown in a bigger pond for a little while. Can you find a bigger pond? Do you have ways you get to know people that are different from you, think differently? Let me know- I’m really interested!