Around midnight, I was gearing down for the night when I got an unexpected message from an old high school friend who I hadn't talked to in a few years. Having a lot of common experiences, interests, and opinions, our messages back and forth ultimately evolved into a pretty serious conversation about current social issues and the effect that those issues can (and do) have on various people in our own communities. Our thumbs quickly had enough as we were clearly digging into a much deeper conversation than I think either of us expected. At that point, we resorted to an old fashioned voice-to-voice phone call which ended almost two hours later -- just before 3AM.
I can't remember the last time I stayed up until 3AM. In fact, I flipped on the TV when I got off the phone and CBS Up to the Minute was just starting -- the news program I often watch when I get up at 3AM. My butt's been dragging all day -- even with an afternoon nap -- but, again, it was totally worth it.
I won't get into the specific details of what he and I talked about because, as I've said before, my opinions on certain issues are not going to change your opinions on those issues. I can tell you that this was definitely more than two old friends catching up on the time that's passed since they last saw each other. The conversation became a reminder of who I am, what I believe, and what I stand for. It was a reminder that if I'm not part of the solution, I'm part of the problem.
I'm thankful for that conversation. I'm thankful for my friend. I'm thankful for the fact that social injustice makes me angry.
"Your anger is a gift."
The Summer of Tim continues...