Tom (libran24) wrote in add_me,

I'm Tom, a gay 30 y/o aspiring high school English teacher in southern California.

I took about a year's hiatus from LJ (I started in 3/2004), and it looks like most of my friends have, too--so I need some new ones. :)

I'm a fan of digital photography, sarcasm, ice cream, spirituality, film (especially the Criterion Collection), learning to speak Mandarin Chinese, Foursquare, and Words with Friends (among many others. Check out my userinfo page for more).

I was going to post a couple of things from that "100 things about me" list that I did a couple of years ago, but I came across something else I wrote in '09 that illustrates my own search for depth and meaning:

This morning I stood at the lectern at church and spoke, something like

"One of the quotes I love is by the 13th century Prussian nun Hadewijch of Antwerp, who wrote mystic poetry:

'What is worth saying may be said without a tongue;
what is worth hearing, may be heard without ears.'

When I first started serving with the sack-lunch program on Monday mornings, I thought I was going to be the one who would be 'speaking.'

I quickly learned, though, that I would be the one who needed to 'listen.'

I used to go to the Greyhound bus station, which is located in one of the worst parts of downtown, next door to skid row. Every time I'd go there, I'd think about the folks that lived there. The outcasts, the undesirables.

But you know what?

The past couple of months I've been doing this, I've seen another face of the hungry and homeless, one that looks a lot like mine.

(Sometimes the simplest realizations are the most profound.)

After all, the way things are going, it could happen to any of us.

So, it turns out that all the time I spent thinking of us and them?

There is really only us."

---I look forward to getting to know some of you. :)


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