Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
Something I’ve been seeing great value in? Over the past month or so I’ve tried to give just a little bit more of myself in different aspects of my life. I might tip more at a restaurant, take the time to leave a nice review for someone’s business, give a compliment more often, etc. What I have found interesting is how when we do things like this it always seems to come back to us in some way. As an example, with my patients I began to try and ask a few more questions, check a few different areas or spend a couple extra minutes with someone I thought might need it. I did not do this for any reason other than I cared but almost instantly our office began expanding. I strongly believe that whatever energy and effort you put out will in some way return to you.
Are you a multi-tasker? As someone with a very high energy level I am often asked if I am a big multi-tasker because people assume I must be doing a lot all at one. The answer is actually “no” however. My personal feeling and experience are that when we are doing many things at once, none get done to a high standard and things often fail to get completed. Therefore, I try to finish something before moving on to the next thing. This is my form of quality control and as a result I rarely find myself feeling frazzled or like I have too much on my plate. I don’t sit still well, and I have a ton to do each day but proceeding in this manner helps me get it all done relatively easily and without stress.
An interesting observation? While Mary and I were in the hospital last week we were told by several of the nurses that everyone loved helping us out because we were so nice. We were just being ourselves but I’m sure they deal with all sorts of interesting characters there. I found this interesting because in my office it’s the same. Most of the people who come here are very kind and friendly and it makes us all want to help them and accommodate them even more. In the instances where we get people that are unkind and rude, we still help them but honestly, we’d prefer to simply not have their business. Years ago, I worked as an annuity specialist for John Hancock and dealt with many people via phone each day. When people were nice, I instinctively wanted to get them a great outcome and when they were mean I honestly didn’t care how it turned out for them. I have always remembered this, and our recent hospital trip was a great reminder of how being nice is always the best place to start.
What is it like having a baby girl after 3 boys? I’ve been raising boys for 14 years so it’s very new and exciting to have a little lady in the house now. I feel like a part of me that wasn’t alive before has now been activated. I find myself being more patient with her than I’ve ever been with my other children as infants (even in the middle of the night!) and she loves when I hold her, so we get a lot of time together. In addition, it’s amazing to see my 3 sons loving on her and caring for her!
Some quotes I love?
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela
“Engage in combat fully determined to die and you will be alive; wish to survive in the battle and you will surely meet death.” – Uesugi Kenshin, Samurai Commander “God of War”
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