Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
I heard someone say "I'll keep a good thought for you" on the side of the softball field the other day. (Well, pretty much any interaction I have with adults is on the side of a field or a court nowadays.)
But some lady was explaining that her mother was sick and her husband has been drinking again. My heart broke for her. (I'll never get over the way women talk to each other and really connect whereas guys could have all sorts of calamities and debacles occurring and sit there and talk about football and politics.) But anyway, this other woman said, "I'll keep a good thought for you."
What the heck is that? Seriously. What even is that? We've all heard things like people talking about "good thoughts" and "positive waves." What, is everyone psychic now? I say, roll up your yoga mat and take your "good thoughts" with you. See you at the maypole dance.
So there's a few possibilities for this odd verbal phrasing.
1)Everyone believes in their supreme ability to nurture positive energy and aim it at their intended target. I'm unsure how one goes about perfecting this skill but it sounds like many people are quite proficient at it.
2) They just don't care about anyone else and that's a good quick end to the conversation.
3) They're too scared to say, "I'll pray for you."
I tend to think it's #3. I believe that in America today, many Christians are scared of being seen as "imposing their faith" on others. Those are the scare words used nowadays. Any outward sign of faith is accused of "imposing your faith" on others. Christianity is the new secondhand smoke.
You're not allowed to say, "Merry Christmas." You can't say you're going to pray for someone.
Me? I'm done with it. I won't be sending "good thoughts" or "vibrations" out to anyone. I'm praying for everyone just out of spite now. I'm only kinda' kidding.