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Being relatively new to Aikido I've really struggled with blending, and being centered in certain situations. I sometimes think I have to be a push over in order to be a good Aikidoka. I sometimes wonder if I should feel mad and angry or just smile and be peaceful.
A great example is when I'm driving and someone cuts me off and has the potential to injure me and my family or possibly kill us from the persons reckless driving. What would O Sensei do? Would he get mad and say something to the individual or would he take another road (figuratively speaking)?
Now I am using this example as just that, an example. I am aware of the times being completely different and I am looking for a comparison. I believe if O Sensei was in a similar situation he would say or do something to let it be known that the person is wrong. Our art is is deeply rooted in the Samurai way if I'm not mistaken and I don't think any Samurai would tolerate any kind of disrespect or allowing a person to behave in a way where their own well being could be compromised. I realize that I can't go around swinging a katana like schizophrenic hopped up on P.C.P., but I do want to represent the art and lifestyle I have come to love and appreciate in a positive light.
Some of you may think I'm being a little ridiculous and I should take an anger management class, but again this is just an example and I'm sure you can a relate. Weather it be an altercation at work or at the supermarket. We all run into these people on a regular basis and have to deal with them the best way we can. I would love any and all advice on the subject.