The Buddha offered a king some advice nearly three millennia ago, but it is just as appropriate for practitioners today who simply have too much to do.
While he sympathized with the king about what an enormous job it was to run a country and the immense responsibilities and duties it entailed, it was clear to Buddha that however hard the king tried, it would be difficult for him to engage day and night in the activities of a bodhisattva.
So, he suggested that the king develop a strong aspiration and longing for enlightenment, arouse the bodhicitta of aspiration in his mind as often as he could, and rejoice in the virtuous activities of others.
By dedicating all the merit these practices accumulated towards his enlightenment, Buddha assured the king not only would he carry out all his royal activities successfully, he would also fulfill his duties as a bodhisattva and stockpile an infinite amount of merit.
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger.
Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practise tolerance and patience.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama