Dr. William James Mayo was one of the founders of the medical practice that became the not-for-profit Mayo Clinic, recognized worldwide as one of the top facilities for medical research, medical teaching, and medical care.

“My interest and my brother’s interest is to train men for the service of humanity. What can I do with one pair of hands? But if I can train 50 or 500 pairs of hands, I have implanted ideals and scientific spirit in many who in endless chains will carry on the same endeavor.”

—Dr. William Mayo

Dr. Ronald Stewart has been a trauma surgeon at University Hospital in San Antonio for about 40 years and faculty since 1993. He’s seen a lot of trauma surgery over the years, and was involved in the response to the Uvalde, Texas shooting. In an interview with Sabrina Tavernise on the The New York TImes’s The Daily from June 1, 2022, Dr. Stewart lamented emotionally about the tragedy he and his team had to deal with.

When asked about what he remembered most from that tragic day, positive and negative, Dr. Stewart responded with this observation about the positive:

“To me, people working together to help another person, a child, when they needed it the most is the most beautiful thing. I’m a photographer, and I consciously look for beauty in the world, but the most beautiful thing that I see is people working together to help somebody when they need it the most. It’s like watching a symphony, that all the parts are different but all working together towards a common goal. Then I will remember: that’s the beauty. That’s the beauty.”

— Dr. Ronald Stewart

Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg developed a system in his book Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion, which understands the most compassionate way to argue is to express one’s point of view in terms of needs instead of placing blame on another person or their behavior.

When I ask people all over our planet in my work to think of something they did recently that enriched somebody’s life — and everybody can usually think of it, although it takes a while because every day we do so many things that do that; it’s so part of us that we don’t think of it: We say we give verbal greetings that are designed to connect in a pleasant way with people, we cook meals for people, we do touch them in ways that nourish so very often. It takes a while before people can answer this question. But then they get something in mind that they’ve done for somebody in the last 24 hours.

Now I say, “Focus your attention on how you think that enriched their life in terms of their needs. What needs of theirs were met? How do you think that left them feeling?” When people start to imagine that, you can see a beam come out on their face and their eyes. I say, “How do you feel right now when you realize that you did something which had that impact on people?”

People say, “Oh, I feel good. I feel happy. I feel delighted.”

Then I ask them this question: “Do any of you know anything that’s more fulfilling?”

I’ve asked that question all over the planet. People say the most fulfilling thing is to contribute to people’s well-being. That’s the most enjoyable play that we human being engage in, to contribute to people’s well-being. It’s joyful to share with others. It’s a fun game. It’s the most fun game I’ve ever found, contributing to people’s well being. I’m really confident it’s the most fulfilling game we human beings will ever find.

Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg