“Seek and you shall find, Gemini. Whatever actions you take today – even if it’s only to take a first step toward a special goal – will be met with great support from the universe. You are blessed now with more highly tuned insights, greater perception and awareness, increased intuition, and a bit of extra charisma…”
Just before bed last night, at about 12:30 A.M., I checked my horoscope on my phone. Not because I feel that I need to live by the words written there, but every bit of positive energy I could find would help me get to sleep and get through the night.
I got so much positive encouragement yesterday and in the days prior from my friends, both here in the blogging world, and across my “normal” life. Thank you to you all. It meant so much to me, and helped me remain calm today.
Today was the big day. Court. Shaking and feeling like I wanted to throw up, I set off to the municipal court a little after 8. By the time they opened the doors at 8:30, I was shaking so bad I thought everyone would be able to see it.
I wasn’t the only person waiting, there were about 5 or 6 others, some who had been there before, evidenced by their familiar manner and banter with friends and officers when checking in. I practically whispered as I asked the officer at the counter if I needed to check in there. He answered with a “yes” and handed me a single sheet of paper, and a pencil. Running swiftly through the instructions, I was told to fill it out, and sign it before court began. Then he told me to go sit in the courtroom to wait.
When the judge entered, everyone rose. He was a middle-aged man, looked a little tired and as though he wanted to make an early morning of it. But he had a kind face, and when he spoke, he was mild and pleasant.
The first young man to get called stood, and approached the dais, stated his plea, and received the judge’s decision. What I noticed then, was that the judge was nice. He listened to the young man, and attempted to figure out a reasonable compromise with him, even while telling him that he needed to get his life together and stop doing what he’d done to end up there.
Then it was my turn.
Standing up, I stated my plea. “Yes”, I said, my dogs got out, we were guilty. Yes, my dog Jack had shown signs of aggression before, but had never attacked anyone. I told the judge the circumstances under which we got our “guard dog”, and he let me tell him. He listened. I also told him that the dogs only go outside muzzled now, and that we would be making sure that there was a decent fence back there, so that the dogs don’t get out again.
He listened. Compassion.
And in the end, he dismissed the charge regarding the licenses and vaccinations. I had brought the proofs with me, even though he never even looked at them. He then went on to impose a fine that was half of what the animal control officer had told me it normally was. Mercy.
The officer had written on the back of the citation everything he’d said that he’d tell the judge. Honesty and integrity.
After 5 minutes of fire in my head and a tornado in my gut, the bailiff assisting the judge told me I could step back out to the counter and pay my fine. I was done.
Leaving the courtroom, I almost cried with relief.
I get to keep my dogs.
Lady Justice is said to be blind. I don’t know about that, but I do know, that today – Lady Justice showed Compassion, Mercy, Honesty, and Integrity. And it only took 5 minutes. Maybe she’s not as blind as they think.
Oh, and the rest of my horoscope? “You can charm the pants off of anyone you want to impress. If there is something you wish to achieve in the coming year, beginning to reach for it now will ensure your success in 2011.” Novel time.