Have you met Tom? I’ve never actually physically met Tom, yet I have an enormous amount of respect for Tom….Who is this Tom? I’m talking about Tom from Tom Being Tom.
My first “interlude” with Tom, was when he commented on someone else’s blog that he was going to busy on Thursday, because he would be saving the world. I commented something like, “well I thought that was my job” or something like that. As the weeks went by, I would occasionally see Tom comment and support his community. The blogging community. Wow someone who practices what he preaches…..intriguing… so I wondered over to his “page”….ugh big words and politics….. hmmm ok, so that’s Tom…and I closed the browser. Not because he said anything offensive, but because I had no interest in following another keyboard warrior’s rantings about why we should BLAME this person or that person for the sad state of this country. Who has time for that?
And now I have egg on my face……
I am guilty of many of the things I complain about other people doing. I complain about the state of the world (in my own mind), yet I don’t REALLY get involved. I don’t participate in DISCUSSIONS, which is where change has to start. I’m ‘too busy’ dealing with my own drama that I avoid REAL discussion. Who has the energy to fight?
So Back to Tom….
I mentioned that the first post I saw from Tom was political, and that I immediately closed that door, but I would still see Tom comments on other peoples blogs and admired his sense of humor. As time went on, I learned that Tom not only has a great sense of humor, but he love’s dogs….That is something we have in common.
hmmmm maybe I shut the door a little too quickly. I went back to his blog and learned about a man who REALLY is trying to make the world a better place, not buy shoving information down your throat or saying “You’re wrong, I’m right”, but by putting himself out there, and by encouraging DISCUSSION about sometimes uncomfortable topics. He asks people to THINK.
Not long ago, Tom posted a blog about Guns. (Oh shit here we go again.) But this time I didn’t close the browser. I read the post AND the comments, and maybe even offered a comment of my own. I watched the arguments, and name calling start on Tom’s Facebook page. I only watched. I didn’t jump into that pile. As I watched several people “show their ignorance and their asses” I learned something new about Tom. He wasn’t trying to start a fight with his post, he really was trying to start a discussion. Even when the name calling started, he didn’t lose his cool, he just asked that people think. He also LISTENED and in some cases just agreed to disagree. He didn’t tell the dumbass that was being a dumbass that he was a dumb ass, (I wanted to). He just asked the ‘dumbass’ to think.
I gained a whole new R.E.S.P.E.C.T, for Tom that day. He really is trying to save the world. I have a great deal of respect for the man who practices what he preaches.
I have been thinking about writing a tribute, recommendation, liebster nomination etc about Tom for awhile, and yesterday when I tried to ruffle his feathers and he didn’t take the bait sealed the deal. See Tom and I disagree about some things. (Society’s reliance on Technology for one.) I posted Fuck Fuck Fuck, and Tom commented
I am one of those who believe that technology is a great boon. I’d hate to live away from it. I thrive on connectivity. With my big 5-0 coming up I was asked by some if I’d want to do a camping trip for it, to which I promptly responded “not on your damn life.” Is there free wi-fi there? No, we’re gonna do this thing in Reno, where there are morning bed turns, room service, and m-f’ing CON-NEC-TIV-I-TY!
Nah, fishing is an addiction. An absolute waste of time and energy when one could be online, interacting with real human beings or studying the progression of events in Turkey.
Simplification is an addiction. Life should be complicated and engaged, particularly in this information age.
Not having a mobile phone is an addiction to detachment and privacy. This is the new millennium for chrissakes!
Give me a computer. Give me a phone. Give me instant access, every time.
But every time you don’t give me instant access (like last night when my new comp wouldn’t connect INSTANTLY) I want to do like you say … throw the damn thing through the window. I don’t need a million layers of security … I need CON-NEC-TIV-I-TY!!
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Obviously our opinions differ, but there is nothing wrong with that! In fact what a boring place this world would be if we all felt and thought the same about everything.
So Tom, I want to thank you for sharing your vulnerabilities. Thank you for opening up discussions. Thank you for supporting the growth of others even when your views clash. Thank you for just being Tom.
I don’t think there is a “Respect award floating around wordpress, but I give you mine.
To everyone that is reading this, if you have a moment, check out Tom’s blog at Tom being Tom, I really think that you will enjoy it.
This is my favorite post, if you are looking for a place to start.