I have a list of names that I keep on a small piece of paper in my wallet. It’s comprised of the family members and friends that have made great sacrifices and contributions on my behalf. Whenever I catch myself brooding a bit too long over what some “idiot” did, I choose one of the names from that list and I call them, email them, or pray for them.
This practice has taught me a very pragmatic principle about releasing bitterness and letting go of resentment: one who forgives always has more to give.
The less energy we spend agonizing over the hurtful things that others have done, the more space we have in our hearts to share love with those who truly deserve our attention.
Think of all the loyal people who have been good to you and ask yourself, “Are my enemies more worthy of my precious time and my powerful thoughts than these dear ones?”
Instead of giving someone you hate a piece of your mind, try giving someone you appreciate a part of your heart.
That’s T.K.’s Two Cents.