grokking hard

code smarter, not harder


Posted at — 2015-Nov-05

My girlfriend shared me an interesting video tonight. It recorded a situation happened in a hospital in which the nurse and the doctor were trying to save a new born baby. The little one seemed to stop breathing. What moved me was how persistent the nurse and the doctor were to save the baby. The nurse, an old lady, tried to warm up the baby’s body by putting on oil, then slapped him in order to make him cry. The doctor did CPR and also helped the nurse to warm him up. But the baby, despite the effort, did not move an inch. They kept doing. After 10 minutes of relentessly effort, the baby moved a little bit and, finally, opened his eyes. They did it! They had successfully saved the baby, bring him back to life. What a relief!

I could image how happy the mother was when she heard the news about her baby being saved. The nurse and the doctor could have gone home, gone to bed, and be proud that they did something big that night. They saved a baby, they saved a family. If it were me, I would have had a very good sleep with a smile in my face.

There were lots of things I learned through the video, but one thing made me want to write it out. At some point in the video, there had been a close look at the nurse. A kind old lady. She could have been a grandma to some kids. However, look at how agile she was in handling the situation. Every move she made was precise and with care. The new born baby looked very small and fragile, like a doll. The old nurse moved the baby very quickly, genlty carrying him up and down and then slapped him to wake him up. All of her focus at that moment was how to protect but save the baby. It looked like she had gone through this situation a lot and that was not her first time doing this.

The nurse could have been working in the hospital for decades. She didn’t become a doctor. She didn’t the move out to another hospital for a raise, I guess. She was there to serve and to save people.

I realized that it was stupid and ignorance if I compare the nurse’s job with the other higher paid jobs like CEO or Chairman. I could see that The Nurse loved what she did. She could have saved lots of life. What she did gradually changed the world. It was how she did it that mattered the most. Every job has its own differences.

It made me question myself. How had I been doing? Had I put in enough passion in every action I made?

I should stop comparing your job to others.

In 2024, when I revisited this post, the link to the original video was no longer available. I was unable to search for it on YouTube or Facebook