I arrived back at work this week after a relaxing break to find the world an angry place. Over my morning coffee the news told of growing international conflicts, with all sides throwing angry rhetoric and conjecture at each other. As I opened the school to let the children in I witnessed, in horror, a motorist lose his temper at having to wait for a minute, whilst the traffic cleared on St Thomas’s Road. I wondered what he would be like if he faced a real problem. When you work in schools you are anger sponges, soaking up the fury of disaffected students, frustrated parents and increasingly road rage infected motorists, who forget completely that students watch and learn from their behaviour.
Buddhism has much to say on the destructive nature of anger, Buddha taught that; “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”. Anger is a destructive force and it seems to be more prevalent amongst adults, who forget their role in modelling appropriate behaviour for our youngsters. Learning to let go, move on and focus your anger into constructive action is what being an adult is all about. We should remember this always. Have a restful and serene New Year.