TV Wisdom: Grey’s Anatomy.

Ok, so I watch a lot of TV. A LOT OF TV. I watch it when I crochet at night, for hours on end. I watch a lot of crap TV because I usually don’t want to pay full attention to the screen.  But I think there are sometimes some gems on TV that are worth mentioning. I only really felt compelled to share this anecdote because it came up in a conversation I had with Manda this weekend.

These lines are from the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy. If you haven’t watched it yet, I’ll try not to spoiler anything important. If you don’t watch the show, I’ll just set it up by saying that Dr. Cristina Yang has befriended and sort of been mentored by Dr. Thomas (aka Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World). Dr. Thomas is super old, and his hospital doesn’t really respect him anymore and is waiting for the chance to give him the boot. But Dr. Yang really likes him and feels he has a lot to teach her still, even though he is all ancient and curmudgeon-y. During a surgery, he has a bunch of super nice stuff to randomly say to her.

I’m kind of paraphrasing. If you want to watch the scene, here’s a link, but here are my favorite parts:

Dr. Thomas, “You will be the surgeon of your generation. People will try to diminish you, as they did me, and they will fail. Mediocre surgeons will see you and feel themselves wilting in your shadow. Do not shrink to console them.”

While he phrases his thoughts in almost a negative way, I felt very uplifted by them! Basically, ignore the haters, and just be awesome.

Manda and I were talking about someone she knows, and how he said he was kind of afraid to succeed because his friends might look at him differently or feel bad about themselves or feel jealous or something like that. I told her to tell him to watch this episode of Grey’s and to take Dr. Thomas’ advice. If you have the will and the capacity to be excellent, why would you rob yourself of being excellent? Manda also made a good point. By being excellent, you can uplift and motivate others around you. They can make that choice, in their head, whether seeing your success will inspire their own negativity or positivity.

So, like, go be excellent and stuff! No shrinking! Happy Monday!

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16 Responses to TV Wisdom: Grey’s Anatomy.

  1. Sara says:

    Love grey’s and that was a particularly great episode! And great advice!

  2. Chrissy Cupcake says:

    Haha.. “randomly.” Good job not spoiling. :) I adore that show. The first episode I ever saw was the one where Meredith ends up with her hand in the guy who has the bomb lodged in his chest. I’ve been hooked ever since. Even when the show starts to sort of lack in substance in places, I never stop watching because you never know what totally and completely absurd thing is going to happen next at Seattle Grace-Mercy West!

    • TwinkieChan says:

      I watched the pilot when it first aired, but I never got sucked in.

      Now that I work from home, I’m always desperate for the next TV to show to get into on Netflix. My bestie had always been into the show, and I gave it a second chance, years later. Glad I did!

  3. Amoxelle says:

    I am so glad I am not the only person who does this while they work and I feel less bad about the hours of tv I watch while making jewelry or working on stuff for my grad classes.

  4. Danielle says:

    My husband’s friend is a writer for Grey’s Anatomy and we still have never watched a single episode, haha. Good advice, though!

  5. Lee says:

    How did you make the screen shot of the show?

    • TwinkieChan says:

      I watched the clip online on my laptop, paused it, and took a screenshot. Easy easy! It’s also how I got all the screenshots for my posts about Craft Wars.

  6. Kristen says:

    yes!!! this episode was definitely the best in a while! I laughed & was teary-eyed, in the same ep. I also wasn’t interested in it, when it came out…but my roommate & I had a power-outage, and the TV was all messed up, and we ended up watching whatever was on. well…we ended up getting hooked, and marathoned (yes, I just made that a verb) the seasons we had missed. She’s since speed watching, but I’m still a faithful fan…cos’ like it was said, one never knows what’s going to happen! I love me some Mr. Feeny! :-) that actor always plays such wise characters! (for example, the voice of Kit, on on Knight Rider!) I didn’t know that till’ recently, because the show wasn’t really my time, but they play re-runs here in Germany! :-)

  7. …damn it – i hit reply before i meant to ;) I have a snippet of one of marriane williamson quote posted everywhere – at work – at home – in the car. …There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you…

  8. Anya says:

    I love Cristina!!! I’ve always watched Grey’s Anatomy and she has always been my favorite character… she’s such a badass and always goes after what she wants!! Not annoying and lame like the other women on the show (ahem, Meredith, make up your mind on everything already)! I think she is an awesome example for all women, and Dr. Thomas’ advice is perfect, even though I haven’t seen this episode yet. Good catch Twinkie!

  9. Kim says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It’s just what I needed to hear today! There will always be haters…no matter how well you do. I will be sharing this with my high school robotics team!

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