Skip to content


Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

This blog post was inspired by Swaim Chiropractic Practice Members Eric and Michele Fristad, both seasoned world travelers and as such, no strangers to improvisation. Traveling often requires large doses of improv.

When I think of improvisation, I often think, like perhaps you do, of two things:

Jazz and comedy.

The thing which makes both of these compelling art forms, is in fact, improvisation.  Improvisation only works by a series of agreements.Think of it as a game of passing a ball. The only thing you really need to do is pass it again, after you have done whatever you want with it. You must agree to pass the ball. That is the only rule. If someone drops the ball and lets it lay on the floor, the agreement is over. The game is over. The fun is over. Similarly it is critical with comedy and jazz, and also life, to agree to pass the ball and keep the game going.

The beautiful part of this “series of agreements” business, this improvisation, this jazz, this comedy, this life, is that improvisation is a learned skill.

And one well worth developing.

Here is where Eric and Michele come in.

Michele came to our clinic last week with two bicycles on her car’s bike rack. I thought, “what a great way to spend the only sunny day we have had in awhile”, and I felt rather envious. So I asked Michele about her ride.

“We loaded the bikes heading for the Boise Greenbelt to ride along the river.”

“That sounds excellent!”

“Except as we were in route, we heard a loud pop and realized we had blown a tire on one of the bikes.”


“So we turned around, drove to Koenig Winery, ate our picnic and it was absolutely beautiful!”

All I could say was,


This my friends is what I am talking about. The ability to roll with the punches. To absorb the blows and make it work. To agree even when we really don’t agree. To find the jazz in life. To find the comedy.

Thank you Eric and Michele for agreeing to make it work.

Sometimes the better plan is to let go of the current plan.

Sometimes the better plan is to improvise.

Based on the smile on Michele’s face, I’d say so.



2 Join the Conversation

  1. Michele Fristad says
    May 29, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Fun! And a great reminder! to me. Thanks for the kind words Dr. Ken. You have a www (way with words). And so glad to have you taking care of my weird back and joints. 😅 Michele

    • says
      May 29, 2019 at 9:07 AM

      Thanks for your shining example!

Add Your Comment (Get a Gravatar)

Your Name


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.

No Widgets
list location key: 18
sidebar name: blog_widget_area
sidebar query: SELECT option_name, option_value FROM wp_943_options WHERE option_name = 'sidebars_widgets' OR option_name LIKE 'widget_%'