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December 26, 2019 3 min read

Welcome to this week’s edition of "Just a few things," a weekly blog dedicated to sharing a few things I've been doing, thinking, reading or learning throughout the previous week. Many of these things will be inspired by my interactions with you via email or social media... so feel free to drop a comment and share a few things yourself! Let’s get to it...

If I could teach everyone in the world one concept, what concept would have the biggest positive impact on humanity?
To live with and treat others with grace. Perhaps I'm more susceptible to this than others due to the fact that I run Combat Flags primarily through social media and experience the effects on an unfiltered thought, but I don't see much grace in today's world. 

A little bit of grace can go a long way in building relationships and making the world a more positive place.

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?
Better, for sure. I'm listening to a Joe Rogan podcast with Sam Harris (episode 1241) right now and they talked briefly through this exact question. The way we (humans) frame and connect experiences with emotions is the deciding factor in the outcome of the experience. Personally, I know I focus on what's going wrong too often and replay the story over and over, but as soon as I address the emotion for what it is and remove the story from the moment, I gain clarity and plot the path ahead. And, after talking with many people I now know this works universally.

From @scorpion_six on Instagram: How big do you want your company to get?
This is a great question and one I think about often. In the spirit of transparency I don't have a great answer for this. My mission through Combat Flags is to give back to the veteran/military community in a creative, sustainable way while also preparing my family for the future. 

I'm lucky in that I have a wonderful career outside of Combat Flags, which removes the monetary burden of "making ends meet" with Combat Flags. It allows me to have fun with Combat Flags and do with it what I initially intended without constantly thinking about the bottom line.

All that to say, I don't know :) I want to do some good for my community and family. If I can achieve those things I'll be a happy man.

From @ryan.e.miller83 on Instagram: When are the new hats coming out?
The week of March 4. Technically I'll have them in hand next week, but I'm traveling a bit for work and won't be able to get them posted to the website. I have a second design in production now that will be available in about a month. Stay tuned!

From @mayday088 on Instagram: Will you have camo sweatshirts again soon?
I won't have hoodies back until next winter BUT I have 3/4 sleeve baseball shirts in the works that I'm really excited about. They have a classic, understated look that I think most people will really appreciate.

What’s one thing that YOU’RE proud of for the week?
Enough about me this week :) I want to hear from you. Leave a comment with one thing that you’re proud of from the week. Share your success with me, please!

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I’ve also got lots of cool stuff up in the store. If you haven’t checked it out in a while, swing by and check out some freedom!

- Old Glory Collection
- Army / Air Force Collection
- Marine Corps Collection
Navy / Coast Guard Collection
- Gear


1 Response

Myra
Myra

March 08, 2019

The one thing i did this week that made me proud of myself is ….. I was having a loud debate with someone when right in the heated moment i stopped and looked to the sky and simple said thanks for this storm. We all know how to thank God when we are blessed. We all forget to thank him during the storm. The lessons we learn from those storms are what creates our “Core”. After thanking him the matter was resolved in moments without any further escalating frustrations. :-)

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