A doctor was called into the hospital to treat a little boy, the boy had been in a terrible accident and required emergency surgery. Time was running out. The doctor got scrubbed for surgery as quickly as possible, but before he could enter the operating theater he was stopped by the boy’s father. The father’s face was red and with tears
“What’s taking you so long?” he shouted.
You came here late, and now you are taking your time while my son is dying!”
The doctor remained calm.
“I apologize for not being here earlier”, he explained
“I was elsewhere. Now please calm and let me get to work”
The father became, even angrier
“How can you expect me to calm down?” he yelled.
“Would you feel calm if that were your son?”
The Doctor smiled and said
“Don’t worry your son will be fine”
As he walked away, he could hear the father grumble to himself
“It’s easy to be calm when you don’t know how it feels
The operation took a few hours, but was thankfully a success.
After cleaning up, the doctor told the father the good news.
“Now if you’ll excuse me”, he said, looking at his watch.
“I must go. If you have any questions the nurse will help you”
The father shook his head angrily and turned to the nurse.
“Is he always so rude and arrogant?’’ he asked.
The nurse frowned softly.
“His son died a few days ago,” she explained.
“He was at the funeral when we called him in”
“He left his own son’s burial to save your son and now he’s going back to grieve with his family.”
We never know what someone else is going through.
Don’t judge someone unless you have taken time to understand them.
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