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:
Something I’m reading: I’m doing something a bit out of the ordinary for me right now, which is reading three books at the same time. Last week I talked about “Whole-brain Child” and this week I picked up Jocko Willink’s new book “Leadership Strategy & Tactics.” If you listen to Jocko you know his unique approach to life and leadership cuts through the noise to simplify leadership and human interaction. If you don’t listen to Jock (you should) I highly recommend checking him out. His book’s are nice additions to the podcast and have become must-reads on my annual list. You can see his new book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/39dC1W6
Something new for Combat Flags: I’m not going to give it all away just yet, but I have a reboot of an earlier product coming back. I’m really excited about it and have made some solid improvements on the product from the first iteration. Stay tuned... hoping to have this little piece of freedom in the store next month.
Something I’m proud of: A positive attitude! The corporate gig has been busy, the days have been whizzing by, and I’ve been in the office early and home late. Through all of that, though, I’m honestly pretty surprised at my positivity and cheerfulness.
Alright, that wraps up this week's edition of Just a Few Things. I encourage you to leave a comment on this post or on social media to let me know a few things of your own!
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The bad news is that a few of my established partners have had to close down their production, which means I can’t place new orders for products like the 3x5 foot camo flags. I’m nearly out of the Army/Air Force and Marine Corps flags, and once they’re gone I’m not sure how long it will take to get things back up and running. Another example is that of the Combat Patch. I’ve been working on a slight redesign of the patch and was so EXCITED to have found a local veteran-owned embroidery shop and we had JUST finalized the new patch when NC put in place a mandatory stay at home order.
It's funny... last week I was burning through books and this week I have slowed WAY down. I plan to startOn Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman today and have two more in queue. I'm increasingly interested in this topic and how it connects to the difficulty in transitioning from the military to civilian life.
Just a friendly reminder to remember to keep in contact with your buddies during these uncertain times. Whether it be isolation or anxiety due to the news, make sure they know they aren’t alone. Be a beacon of hope and courage and set the example for those around you. I feel the need to caveat this with the fact that I am not a medical or mental health professional, but isolation can often times exacerbate underlying anxiety or feelings of depression and separation. Give them a call, a text, FaceTime, or Facebook video chat. I don’t really care, just check in and be a good friend and human.