A doctor quickly entered the hospital after being called in for an urgent surgery. He changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery block. He saw the boy’s father walking back and forth in the hall waiting for the doctor.
Once seeing the doctor, the dad yelled: “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have the sense of responsibility?”
The doctor smiled and said: “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital and I came the fastest I could… now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work.”
“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son was near to death what would you do?” asked the father angrily.
The doctor smiled again and replied: “Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go and intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace.”
“Giving advice when we’re not concerned is so easy” murmured the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy, “Thank God! Your son is saved!”
And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any question, ask the nurse.”
“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait a few minutes so that I could ask about my son’s state?” commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was at the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery.”
Much to learn from this “not uncommon” event. but certainly overstating your concern can show extreme arrogance and a laid foundation for coldness towards others who try to help us. Staying calm in all situations is wise so that you can make decisions the best you can, be it in business, life or death; and not being so self-centered that you neglect others in your path. You don’t know what kind of day they have had- keeping your head about matters is what’s best….for all involved.