"Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like." - Dwight Eisenhower.
But can that be possible if what that person did (or continues to do) goes against your grain that it’s just hard to completely ignore it?
I thought of this since I got a love dare from a friend via SMS : “Pray for the people you don’t like.” Do you think it qualifies as a love dare? I believe so. It’s loving yourself to say the least. It’s choosing to forgive instead of dwelling on ill thoughts about the person you don’t like, otherwise you’d only find more reasons to hate them. When hate overpowers you, through praying you’ll eventually learn how to let go of ill thoughts and feelings. Eventually you’d be able to surrender it to Someone who knows how to better deal with the things you otherwise find overwhelming like hate or anger.
"Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like."
I guess it applies only to certain situations. At some instances though, that could mean you’re merely ignoring your emotions to the point of not being able to process it properly. And for one, I dont believe your mind can and should be empty. You have to fill it with something else, otherwise you’d only find yourself thinking about the things you thought you shouldnt be thinking.
So I have learned that more than removing ill thoughts from my mind, there is a better response when my thoughts get so ugly — changing my perspective. Shift your focus.
"Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." (Philippians 4:8, NLT)