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.
An amazing moment I had this week? One of the teams I coach has mostly players that I’ve coached since age 7 (most are 10-11 years old now). One of those boys is a wonderful young man – happy, likeable, hardworking, and honestly, our least talented football player though it never affects his enthusiasm. For 3 years I have been trying to get him a touchdown because I knew it would mean the world to him, to me and to my team that loves him. This past weekend we got near the goal line and it finally happened! We came up with a play especially for him, he caught a short pass for a score and we all went nuts, none more so than myself who ran on the field and carried him off screaming the whole time. It was a “Rudy” type moment and it reminded me how much we all love the underdog. In 3 years, I’ve never once heard this young man complain and running off the field with him smiling was one of the best moments I have ever had!
Something good after something bad? My undefeated football team lost in the semifinals this past weekend and it was a tough one for all of us. As the coach I will tell you that I was devastated. My brother in law that recently died used to be my assistant coach and having an undefeated, championship season seemed like it would be such a wonderful thing. It was not to be.
When I got home after the game, some of the players and parents had given me gifts and cards. One of the gifts was a framed photo of myself and the boy I described above after his big touchdown. His mom also wrote me a note that said while most coaches would have dismissed her son, I have never given up on him, have been patient with him, have always encouraged him and have allowed him to keep enthusiastically playing football. Honestly, it made me cry and meant the world to me. It also made me think of my brother in law. When he played football he rarely played. He was dismissed, not encouraged and he ended up leaving football. It occurred to me then that if he were looking in on me from heaven, he’d be much more excited that I played a role in helping a kid like himself than anything else I could’ve done as coach.
Something I have not been liking? I see a trend more now than ever where people cite “science” to support their viewpoints. Don’t misunderstand me, I believe in science and the scientific process. What I do not like is just the general answer of “well it’s science” to dismiss someone or a different approach. Science focuses on testing hypotheses through experiments and observing results. Another important aspect of science is testing one approach, belief, outcome/expected outcome versus another. This process allows us to learn more and gain insight. Proven scientific outcomes are far more valuable to our decision-making process than merely the general science of something is.
How much stretching do I do? I know many people that have elaborate stretching routines, I am not one of those people. However, I do understand the importance of stretching and so I do it regularly. I stick to brief sessions but make sure to do them regularly. Typically, I will stretch out for about 5 minutes within 30 minutes of getting out of bed and then again at some point during the way (and/or before bed). I also stretch lightly before I start my workouts or go for a run. I stick to stretches that lengthen and strengthen my spine and core and I always feel better afterwards. It’s not complicated or time intensive, but it helps me greatly!
Some quotes I love?
“Unless some like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and results.”
“The best math you can learn is how to calculate the future cost of current decisions.”
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