Studies show that the most common reason high-performing people leave a company is due to frustration with their direct supervisor. Maybe this frustration is rooted in disagreements over work, lack of resources, lack of training and development or lack of opportunities to grow within the organization. There may be times during tense situations that tempers and emotions rise such that managers berate their subordinates causing tension and discomfort in the workplace. Employees may start feeling the anger of their superiors in a negative way such that they start to plan and eventually leave their organizations. Managers shouldn’t use anger to drive their people to follow their commands. They shouldn’t use old outmoded ways to force people to follow their orders thereby creating worry and fear instead of respect.
In today’s Gospel (Mt. 5: 17-37), Jesus said to His disciples:
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment…”
The Lord emphasizes that killing isn’t only by physical means; one can commit the same if he is angry with others. Thus, we have to learn how to control it else we’ll acquire the habit without realizing it. We have to be mindful of our actions and speech in the course of our day-to-day activities. Speech and action that aren’t positive can stress out other people and affect their performance and behaviors. It can turn an otherwise pleasant experience into a nightmarish and traumatic one as well.
Today, let us start to manage our anger. As leaders in our own ways, let us be mindful of our speech and actions as these can discourage others from following what we preach and talk about. We have to lead by example just like what Christ did to the world. We have to respect God’s will for us by simply following His commands. Obedience should arise from our fear of going astray and distant from Him, afraid of eventually losing Him.
In the First Reading (Sir. 15: 15-20), the prophet reminds us of the just commands of Yahweh:
The eyes of God are on those who fear Him; He understands man’s every deed. No one does He command to act unjustly, to none does He give license to sin.
Let us pray that we be able to control our anger and live better lives for God’s honor and glory. Choose love because it is the only way we can remain calm and poise despite the challenges that we face. Loving God can only be realized if we love people despite their frailties; it isn’t possible without going the extra patience for them. Who knows, you can be their inspiration to become better versions of themselves!
Can we start controlling our anger today?
“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.”Matthew 11:25