I had probably waited twenty minutes.

It was my first day at a new internship in a prestigious non-profit hospital in a foreign country, and my boss had not yet shown up. “Who was this guy?”, I thought to myself as focused intently on nothing in particular. He was supposed to be some highly-skilled surgeon who spent years in the military – yikes.

Just as I was beginning to think about some other random thought, he appeared.

He was a short man, yet one could feel the gravity of his presence as soon as he entered. He was definitely the hospital’s head surgeon and director.

“You must be Wajih. Pleased to meet you. Please continue sitting.”, he said with a attitude that conveyed that he had been helping interns for decades.

With the basic introductions done, he jumped right into interrogating me. I had a fair bit of experience, so I answered most of his questions with ease. Then, he asked me a final question, which was my silver bullet.

“What does 1 + 1 equal?”

“2, obviously.”

“Wrong!”

“In the universe, 1 + 1 does not equal 2. It equals 12. Every action you take in the universe creates a chain reaction. So, 1 action could theoretically create 12 reactions.”

Major General Dr. Muhammad Nuri ( Heart Surgeon)

I did not completely understand the idea when he first taught it to me. However, by the time I left that internship, I eventually got it – the universe has the potential for massive causal chains.


Special thanks to Dr. Muhammad Nuri.

He is a incredibly successful heart surgeon, who works virtually for free despite being highly trained. In the modern world, it is hard to meet people like him.

[Image by Pexels from Pixabay]

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