In light of the recent events in Ukraine, it seems more important than ever to listen to voices of calm and reason that can teach us how to manage our feelings of anger. We can think of no voice more qualified than that of Mr. Rogers, who took time on May 1, 1969 to share the words to his song "What Do You Do With the Mad That You Feel?" with the Senate Subcommittee on Communication.
The full testimony can be viewed here
. The words to his song are below:
What do you do with the mad that you feel
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong…
And nothing you do seems very right?
What do you do? Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag?
Or see how fast you go?
It’s great to be able to stop
When you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song:
I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there’s something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a lady
And a boy can be someday a man.
Thank you to our readers, whose kindness and compassion strengthen the foundations of peace and safety within our communities. One last quote to take with you:
"There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind."
- Fred Rogers
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