be the difference article photoI’ll start with a confession. I’m already over the Christmas season. I’m too booked with events, parties, activities, practices, fun, seeing lights, and so so much more. I feel like I am already 4 hours behind by the time I was up. Which is normally 5:15am, but today it was 2:15am because my Cody boy was excited to get to the skate park this afternoon…

Nevertheless, I start the day and each hour feels like I’m getting further and further behind. Its easy to get weary and depressed in this kind of a situation and even easier to lose the real reason for the season.

I made a commitment to myself a few years back, it went something like this, “when you get tired, overworked, bummed out, or what ever – DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE!” It works every time. It puts everything in perspective almost immediately. Those holiday blues you are feeling really are #FirstWorldProblems. This is the perfect season to do it. So get on it, and BE the Difference today. You have an entire community around you that will be absolutely blessed by your skills. Put them to use, if you’re a handyman, go fix your neighbors gate; if you are computer savvy, help your elderly neighbor with her’s; if you’re out to sushi, buy someones dinner anonymously next to you at the sushi bar; and if your blessed with wealth, help somebody tomorrow, without any extra benefit or acknowledgement to you. There is no better time than today and all it takes is one step forward, one step of action from you. You’ll be an absolute blessing beyond measure to those people around you. This is the kind of stuff that makes a difference.

On a separate but related note, I spoke with a father of one of our patient’s recently. It was one of my favorite and most intriguing conversations I’ve had in a while. You see, he has two kids that play baseball, and play well. Traditionally in South OC, if you have a baseball kid, they play a lot of baseball. All year, on multiple teams, and have specific position coaches/workouts throughout the week to boot. That’s the tradition, but this guy, he is breaking that mold, which made me extremely excited.

He said, “This year, we’re spending time on what makes my kids healthier and better athletes.”

I was obviously impressed and asked for more information.

He responded, “Well that’s what a large majority of colleges are doing with their incoming freshman.”

“Doing what?” I asked.

“They’re making them better by resting, healing, stretching, working out, and becoming stronger athletes so they can handle the long grueling season.”

At this point, I almost fell out of my chair.

“So let me get this straight,” I responded, “You are purposefully going to practice less, throw less, and play less so that you can ensure a better season of competition.”

“Yes, that’s exactly it,” the father replied.

It was all I could do to not stand up and hug him. Finally, someone gets it!

This well informed father is making a difference for his kids and I am glad to hear it. A stronger, limber, healed, and well rested athlete makes for a better competitor every time. So work on YOU this winter season. Be a better athlete. Find your weakness and improve on it. Running your body into the ground day in and day out, can only take you so far forward before it starts pushing you backwards fast.

#BetheDifference.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you and your families. I wish you health, happiness, and PR’s this season. Thank you for being part of the Rausch PT and ABC Pilates family.

Kevin Rausch