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've been pondering: My wife and I moved out our first home last week. It was a great home that was filled with firsts. Our first house together, our baby boy's first room and home, the original Combat Flags HQ. But as I was walking out of the door for the final time I knew it was the last time, and I gave pause to stop and reflect about the wonderful memories we made in that home. I've since been thinking about the power of knowing when something is the last time. If we knew that "this" was the last time we would do something differently, would we approach it differently? Would we feel differently?
Something I'm problem solving: Combat Flags HQ is a bit in flux right now. With fulfillment now being outsourced and my buddy Ben helping with uniform teardown, the functional aspect of a workspace is in question. Do I need a desk? Or do I want a desk? Big questions to ask, I know.
Something I read: “Go big or go home.” It’s a phrase we all know. It’s a phrase we all likely use (either seriously or jokingly). But what about the impact of doing small things to change a routine and build a new habit? I read a story in the Harvard Business Review this week that explored findings from executive coaching workshops and the stress that unrealistic goals place on us. The issue? Going big too fast and not taking the time to institute “micro habits.” I think we all know this to be true, but it’s in our nature to swing for the fences instead of taking a base hit. If you’re interested you can read it here: http://bit.ly/37sdZpS
Alright, that wraps up this week's edition of Just a Few Things. Feel free to drop a comment with a response to one of the "somethings" I talk about here, or drop a comment with your own win/loss/lesson/thing from the week.
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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.