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.
Is having a routine boring? I had an enjoyable conversation with a patient who reads my 5 Spots and he asked me if I was a man of routine and if so, was it boring? My answer was that I am, and it never gets boring but not for the reason you may think.
The routines I have crafted throughout the years include how I eat, how I exercise, where I devote my time, my process for getting things done and more. These are my list of non-negotiables, things that absolutely must get done and the way that needs to happen.
What makes this so beneficial for me is that these things go on autopilot for me. I don’t think about them or give myself the option to forego them. They are accomplished every day regardless of my motivation, mood, or current circumstances. By staying committed to my routine, I have far more time and energy to devote to doing things I’d like to do, and in the manner I strive to do them. I am never frazzled, rarely struggle with time management, keep my stress to a minimum and this all frees me up to be more present as a doctor, father, husband, etc.
A show I enjoyed. My wife and I just binge-watched all four seasons of Yellowstone over the past month. There was a lot I liked about the show, but one thing stood out for me.
The show features many cowboys and I loved how they interacted and behaved amongst one another. They do a hard, thankless job but they have a code amongst themselves. That code involves how the job is done, expected behavior, and what is/isn’t allowed. Sub-par work is not accepted, behavior that does not help the group is not tolerated, and any breaches of the code are managed within the group.
This appeals to me, because it is how I strive to live my own life, and what I teach my children as well. The goal is to live by a set of guiding principles, and in good times and bad, that code must be followed. When it is, you will rarely struggle to know what’s right or wrong. Furthermore, you will feel at peace with your behavior, decisions, and the outcomes they generate.
A book I’ve been enjoying. I’m currently reading “Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You” by John Burke. I received it as a gift for Christmas and it makes me think about my brother-in-law that passed away in August of 2020 at only 32 years old.
The book is interesting because it delves into near-death experiences by providing direct firsthand accounts, religious implications, scientific findings and more. What has made this book far more fascinating to me as a chiropractor, I’ve dealt with about ten patients in my career that were technically dead for a period of time. The accounts they gave, have never left me because of how remarkably vivid and similar they all were. Reading this book, the firsthand accounts sound exactly like what my patients have told me. None of us know for certain what awaits us after death, but this book makes me feel even better about it.
A piece of advice I give regularly. I am not a huge fan of microwaves in general, but I understand that for convenience they may sometimes be necessary to use. However, something that should always be avoided is microwaving anything in plastic or a plastic container like Tupperware.
The heat of the microwave causes the plastic to melt, and it will leach into your food. This process results in chemicals going into your food and then being directly ingested into your body. Obviously, this is something you do not want, and it can be easily avoided by simply warming things up in either glass or ceramic containers.
Some quotes I love.
“Men don’t follow titles, they follow courage.” – William Wallace in Braveheart
“Don’t look back. You’re not going that way.”
“Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.” – Tim Ferris
“Alone we go faster, together we go further.”
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