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.
A cool lesson. I enjoy cooking so I like checking out cooking shows and videos. I especially enjoy watching anything with Gordon Ramsey. On an episode of Master Chef, a while back he showed the contestants how he makes scrambled eggs. What made this fascinating to me is that this is something we’ve all cooked hundreds of times, yet he had a whole different way of doing it than I’d ever seen (the contestants too). His method was simple but utilized patience and attention to detail.
To me this drove home some important lessons. First, when we take the time to focus on the little things and to master them, the results can be amazing. It also reinforced to me that masters of anything never skip the process of conquering the basics. Once you have full command of the basics, you will have the foundation to create incredible results in anything you pursue.
What is your view on alcohol? I got this question from a patient and he asked me to include it this week. I’m from Boston where alcohol is basically a sport and in my younger days, I played that sport a lot so I’m not your priest here. I no longer drink due to my training schedule and as an example to my children. What I can tell you is that over the years I’ve seen many patients drastically improve their health and lifestyle by giving up alcohol. These are not even necessarily people that had a problem with alcohol, just people that have become better without it in terms of energy, anxiety level, sleep patterns, relationships, fitness and more. We’re all adults and can choose what is best for ourselves but I don’t believe anyone can say they are truly better off with alcohol than they are without.
A recent event I think is relevant. My wife, my older son and I were in the kitchen about a week ago and a discussion began about a video that showed a person being shot and killed. My wife mentioned that if my son searched for it, he’d see it online. I said, “don’t watch it, it’ll hurt your heart.” My wife told me that she loved that I said that and asked me exactly what I meant. I believe everything we put into our minds and bodies is fuel and therefore we must be careful. These days it is very easy to fill it accidentally and quickly with negativity. This does not mean we need to be naïve or blind to the world around us, merely that when possible; we should prevent some of those horrible images from going in. I’ve witnessed some extreme things in my personal life over the years and that is why I always advise people to protect themselves in this fashion. You cannot ever overdo the good stuff, but the bad stuff can build up in your mind too quickly unless you’re careful.
Something I want you to know. What I’ve learned from the races I compete in, the training I do and the obstacles I’ve faced in my life is this – the toughest stuff always ends and gets better. This may not happen on our schedule or as we’d envisioned it, but it does happen. Wherever you’re at or whatever you’re stressing over, keep going and keep fighting and you’ll get there.
Some quotes I love.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.” – Clare Boothe Luce
“Aye. Fight and you may die. Run and you’ll live, at least awhile. But lying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom?” – William Wallace, Braveheart
“The loudest boos will always come from the cheapest seats…People who invest the least in you will have the most to say about you. Trust your work, your process and keep that circle tight.” – Tupac Shakur
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