A message from KCMS President
Michelle Terry, MD.
I have been extremely fortunate to have been a member of the King County Medical Society for 30 years. Back in the day, the Society published a physical “Facebook” directory that listed all members' names, credentials, photos, and office numbers to enhance communication and connectivity.
KCMS also used to publish a quarterly physical magazine filled with thoughtful articles. Every holiday season, the magazine cover featured a synopsis of the world’s faith traditions, featuring an interpretation of the Golden Rule.
'Blessed is who prefers his brother to himself.'
“In happiness and sorrow, in joy and in pain, we should consider every creature as we consider ourselves.'
'This is the sum of duty. Do not unto others that which would cause you pain if done to you.'
‘Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.’
‘Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your loss.'
‘For a state that is not pleasant or delightful to me must also be to him; and a state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?’
‘That nature alone is good which refrains from doing to another whatsoever is not good for itself.'
‘Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. This is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of the Prophets.'
'What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor; that is the whole Torah; all the rest of it is commentary.'
‘Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.’
“Be charitable to all beings, love is the representation of God.”
'I am a stranger to no one, and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.'
As physicians, we dedicate our lives to making a meaningful contribution to the human bodies in our care and the body of medical knowledge. It is also essential that we care for ourselves and for one another as colleagues to support, value, and see one another in unique personhood. Whatever your celebratory traditions, in the spirit of the Golden Rule, I would like to acknowledge that the divine light in me bows to the divine light within you – and I honor the place in you that is the same as it is in me. May we silently greet everyone we meet with that intention so as we lean into our innate knowing, the peace we desire begins within.
Compliments of the Season,