Good Thoughts

Good Thoughts

When I was a kid there was a pic­ture in the house of snow melt­ing that looked like the clas­sic man-with-a-beard-must-be-Jesus image of a man. It was taken by a Chi­nese phở­tog­ra­pher look­ing for answers. What I liked to do was to not see Jesus in the pic­ture. I wanted to just see the snow and the dirt. Never could. That man with the beard was branded in to me. Can I unsee what I have seen?

Also, when I was a kid I would try to not think of some­thing I had thought of. It is some­thing my brain can‘t do. Don‘t think of…
a giraffe. Can‘t do it. Of course, as a kid grow­ing to a man, there were many things I was sup­posed to not think of. Sway­ing hips, pout­ing lips were taboo, off lim­its. At church I was taught the road to perdi­tion was paved with these thoughts. I thought of them con­stantly. I was con­fused. I could not unthink of all these things I was told to avoid think­ing about, and I was pretty pleased about that because I liked most of the no-think topics.

I guess I should not be think­ing about hunger in the world. I should shut from my brain the idea of char­ity or com­pas­sion. I should actively avoid love as a thought. I won‘t think about you for sure today. By the way, who are you out there? Maybe leave a com­ment with a zip code. It has been a while since I found out who was isn‘t on my mind.

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11 Responses to Good Thoughts

  1. Lee Wolfe says:

    from Ontario, Canada…. Though I’m rarely commenting these days, I’m still loving every post and photograph that make their way out of your heart and mind. Opening the Bend Light mail is one of the best parts of my day. I am so very glad to have read the guest post you wrote that led me here. Someday I hope that some of your photographs grace my walls. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve even thought about what I should or shouldn’t be thinking…. I’d actually forgotten that I used to do that…. alot! 🙂

  2. Susan says:

    Thank you for helping me smile on a semi-regular basis.

    Peac&Blessings~~ aka DragonTat2, 98225 aka Bellingham, Washington~ 20 miles south of BC Canada

  3. Crystal says:

    I thought u had google analytics on this site? It should track my eyeballs on here almost weekly – comin in from 96793 😉

    • stephenarcher says:

      I do have Google analytics. I was just wanting to connect a little. Thanks for all the responses. The actual number of readers, including twitter, Facebook and the site is probably around 100/post I think. Seems that way. Someday maybe it will “explode” but really I am honored and kind of shocked that Bend Light gets as much traction as it does considering I have done no optimization, have only one referring site or maybe two. In any case, I write this for me and for the process of getting to know myself and all of you in as much as I can through a screen. Plus it’s fun.

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  5. Brooke says:

    add another Portland zip now…. Hope you are well, still think of your post on realizing choices (and making them). Thank you for that.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Fairfax, Virginia checking in….(that would be 22030!)…

    I love reading Bend Light and look forward to your thoughts as well as your photographs. I think what I like about it most is that it continues our relationship even though we are 2000 miles away; I continue to learn a little bit more about you with each new post, like a layer of an onion being pulled away. There are many posts that have touched my soul and I can’t thank you enough. I miss our days together and think of them often. I am honored to know the basis behind some of your posts — one in particular, but I think you know which one.

    I miss you, Stephen! Hope Rose & Aidan are well.


    • stephenarcher says:

      Thanks Steph. Your photo is cooking…
      Hmmm, not sure I know which one, but I have an idea. Thank you for writing. Really appreciate the comments.


  7. P. Voyles says:

    Hmm, now you have made me think of you. I can remember moving back to Corpus from San Antonio in 8th grade and having you for some type of theater class. I can also remember you riding your bicycle to high school while I was walking to school. I also remember a wonderful slide presentation you put together for everyone to watch. You had me hooked with your photographs back then and now I find them captivating and enjoy looking at them every few days. Now I am going to try and put you out of my mind and think of something else. I wonder if it will work?

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