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January 30, 2020 2 min read 2 Comments

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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2 Responses

Carl Blankemeyer
Carl Blankemeyer

February 02, 2020

+1 what Ronald Davis said. Keep ’em coming!!

Ronald Davis
Ronald Davis

January 31, 2020

Keep doing what your doing.

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