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’m thankful for? As most of you know, my brother in law died suddenly at the end of August in his early 30’s. While that was a tragedy I wouldn’t wish on anyone, I have great memories of him. Something I am thankful for (and realize more each day just how thankful) is the time he and I shared together coaching football together. When I became a coach, I immediately asked him to be my assistant and we learned the ropes together. He and I became extremely close during those times and that relationship led us to start our cryotherapy business together.
On Thursdays we would get to the practice fields early and it would mark the beginning of a football weekend – practice Thursday and Friday, games on Saturday and then NFL football on Sunday. He would greet me each week, hug me and say, “This is the best part, it’s all in front of us!” When I get sad and miss him, I remember him saying that to me and like to think that someday he’ll greet me and say it again.
An important concept. I was in a conversation earlier this week and we got onto the topic of respecting something versus fearing it. My thoughts are that when you fear something it has the potential to paralyze you. You hide from it, stress about it and it prevents you from taking positive action. When you have a healthy respect for something however, you can still take it seriously while making smart, forward thinking decisions regarding whatever it may be.
As an example, COVID has many scared now. However, being scared will only take a person so far, is not an effective long-term strategy and can lead to additional problems. Respect an enemy but do not allow yourself to become so frightened that you cannot act or act in a meaningful way.
Do you ever just relax? I got asked this question by a woman this week who said she felt like I must always be exercising based on my social media posts and what I write in these 5 spots. The reality is that while I love exercise, it does not take up too much of my time at all. I stay active walking my dog, playing with my kids, doing things around the house, or working in my office but I usually only exercise up to an hour a day. As a busy dad and business owner I stick to brief but intense bouts of exercise and throw in a few runs each week as well. This type of program gives me plenty of time to enjoy other things in my life other than exercise. Even when I am training for a long race, I tend to get up at 3:30-4am to train so I can be back to enjoy time with my family.
Something I admire? All of us are human and we like to be right. None of us ever want to look back and think we were wrong, misled, or uninformed. There are times when we jump to conclusions, act on incomplete information or simply don’t have all the facts. For this reason, I think it is crucial and admirable to always be evaluating our actions and beliefs. Some of the people I admire most have shown me that it’s ok to evolve your thinking based on experience, additional information/research, etc. even though it may mean admitting that at some point in the past you were wrong.
Some quotes I love?
“Do the right thing even if it means dying like a dog when no one’s there to see you do it.” – James Stockdale
“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Marv Levy
“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.” John Adams
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