Supporting Roles

September 2, 2007

Be all things to all people. Learn the art of gaining everyone’s support. Go with the moods of others, adapting to their changes without their notice. This is especially important if you are dependent upon them.

Doctors are specialists, but they can’t perform surgery alone. They would have a much harder time performing any procedure without their nurses. All the doctor needs to do is name an instrument and the nurse instantly places it in his or her hand. Many times the nurse has it ready before the doctor even asks for it. The more that doctors and nurses depend upon each other and work well together, the better it is for the patient.


There’s an art to gaining the support of others, but there’s a discipline in being there for them as well. The more people who support us, the more  time will be required in returning favors. Yet this is an important part of life. The added challenge is coming through for them even when we feel they don’t deserve it.

Back in the ER, the doctors sometimes get panicky and begin barking orders to the nurses. A good nurse will respond to the command, not the tone. When a heart has stopped and the person is turning blue is not the time to stop everything and declare, “I don’t appreciate your attitude, Doctor.”

Similarly, we need to be there for people even when they aren’t as appreciative as they should be. Pain, fear, and other powerful emotions can cause nice people to act not so nicely. We need to see them through the emergency first. We can address our concerns about their attitudes later.

When you see someone in need, lend a hand. Later, when you find yourself in need, you may be surprised at how many hands are there to support you.

Yep! I’m addicted to Grey’s Anatomy. Hence, the inspiration for this post.