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 read: A VA facility in Asheville, NC, is using a new technology to treat PTS. Clinicians are using virtual reality to safely transport veterans back to traumatic events, allowing the veteran to confront and reprocess very difficult emotional memories. Read more: http://bit.ly/36u599O
Something I purchased: I (my wife, technically) purchased a copy of "The Whole-Brain Child" to better understand the implications of interaction on our child's development. Though I'm just a few chapters in, it's fascinating to learn about how a better integrated brain can create long-term positive mental health in our children. See the book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/30ZfKs6
Something I started: I started back to Jiu Jitsu this week. It's a sport that is more than a sport and I've missed it terribly since setting it aside in July. It's a good mental break from the day, a fantastic workout and an amazing mental check-in point. Looking forward to getting back to it fully and making it part of my routine.
Something I'm thankful for: I'm thankful for good people who want to see others succeed. I had a call with a well-known veteran entrepreneur a few weeks ago and his authenticity is still ringing in my mind. The conversation was a good, albeit difficult, reality check about entrepreneurship and creating balance. We need more genuinely good people in the world.
Something that made me smile: Yesterday morning I posted something on Facebook and Instagram asking people to tell me just 1 thing they're grateful for. The response was amazing. Here are a few responses:
"One thing among so many I am grateful for is good friends who are there for you when you need it most. Who are honest with you when you need it most, who lie to you when you need it most😆, who love your kids like they are their own, and are more family than some of your blood relatives."
"Great full for the freedoms you and many others have protected for this great Country. 🇺🇸"
"I’m grateful for my profession. I’ve been a nurse for almost 48 years and have had a lot of different jobs. It’s been a privilege to care for patients in some of their best and worst times. Still working 2 days per week as a school nurse for special ed students."
"Not only is it a privilege to be alive, it is a privilege to be alive in the United States of America."
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.