Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
On Fridays I like to share 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.
A workout I loved. For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the workout I put myself and my oldest sons through on New Year’s Eve. We completed what the military calls a “downed pilot/casualty carry” exercise. This simulates having to carry a wounded teammate to safety.
For our workout, I wore a 40-pound weighted vest, and my sons wore weighted backpacks (about 20 pounds each). Our objective was to carry a boxing heavy bag (weighing about eighty pounds) to the top of a large mesa, one and a half miles up and back down. The heavy bag was big and awkward, and we took turns carrying it alone and as a team.
My sons carried it together at times while myself and oldest son also took turns carrying it on our own. It was a challenging workout that we began just as the sun rose and took us about 75 minutes to complete. What I enjoyed about it was that it required determination and teamwork to complete and was something different that we’d never done before!
Another workout I loved. A patient of mine told me about something called the Chad Wilkinson Memorial Workout, which is a CrossFit workout used to honor this veteran while raising awareness and money for veteran suicide.
The workout requires the use of a weighted vest or pack (35-45 lbs.) and then calls for one thousand step-ups performed onto a 20-inch box or stairs. The goal is to complete it as fast as possible. I did it in about 50 minutes and my youngest children had fun interacting with me (and harassing me!) as I performed it. I enjoyed this workout because the high number of repetitions always challenges your mental aspect as well as the physical. It can seem daunting when you have nine hundred reps left to go but it’s rewarding once completed.
Something that has stuck with me. During my last 100-mile race I ran about forty of those miles with a guy who has now become a friend. As we ran, we discussed someone we both looked up to that has a list of accomplishments a mile long. I made the comment that I was nowhere near his level and my friend said something that has stuck with me.
He told me that people need to be inspired and encouraged seeing someone they know do extraordinary things is far more powerful than seeing it from someone they don’t. His belief was that someone would see something I did and that would lead them to do something they had never dreamed they could. Then someone would see that person and do something of their own, and on and on it goes.
I believe that advice to be true. We live in a world where it can seem like we don’t matter at times. There is a tendency to think that we’re not important because we don’t make enough money, aren’t successful enough, aren’t a super athlete, etc. I do not believe this to be true. When you do the right things in the correct manner, someone will notice, and they will emulate you and the cycle will continue. We can all be an example to those around us and though it may not seem so, that makes us all incredibly important.
Something I like to see. There is a building next to my office that was a restaurant that closed years ago. I can see it through the window near my adjusting table and recently I’ve begun to see people going inside and viewing it with realtors.
I love to see this because it’s a reminder to me of a spirit I admire. It’s great that even during challenging times someone is willing to try and create and build something, in this case a potential new business. People that do this often attain success when others see it as an impossibility. In my own experiences, I’ve found that the will to succeed is far more crucial than circumstances or other issues could ever be.
Some quotes I love.
“Never sacrifice what you know is right for what is convenient.” – Admiral Eric Olson
“If you can’t defeat your demons if you’re still enjoying their company.” – Eric Thomas
“The government is not our parents. They are our employees.” – Bryson Gray
“To see a man not beaten by a better opponent, but by himself is a tragedy.” – Cus D’Amato
“Many will start fast; few will finish strong.” – Gary Blair
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung
“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, but never the goal.”
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