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Just a few things / July 12, 2019

Just a few things / July 12, 2019

July 12, 2019 7 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 week. Many of these things are 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.

What's a quote that made me think this week?
I love quotes, but you probably already knew that, and it seems I'm finding them everywhere these days. I also love to read... and a few months back I read All the Light We Cannot See, which is where we can attribute this quote. Here it is:

“Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.”

I've been oddly aware of time lately. Not time in the sense of hours in minutes, but time in the sense of weeks, months and years. It feels like I've lost hold of it and life is passing by in a blur. It's bugging me, to be honest. I look back and see the day I started Combat Flags, for instance, but the time between that moment and now is no longer clear. Figuring this one out and hoping to get a grasp on things :) Anyhow, that's the quote. Apologies for the morose turn on that one!

What am I trying to improve upon?
Life... is that a good answer? But seriously, time management and keeping/maintaining a positive attitude. Similar to the quote (perhaps this is why it's resonating with me), I find that when time get's away from me I lose my sense of positivity. Normal I suppose, right?

Anything new going on with Combat Flags?
Always! Right now I'm working on tearing down a load of uniforms while also figuring out what to do with social media. Social is an ever changing game with Facebook running the show and they like to keep business pages on their toes. Fun, but frustrating at the same time. Not really fun, but I'm fairly certain we're supposed to say that, right?

But really, I've got some exciting things in the works for Combat Flags right now. From commissioning an artist I greatly admire to create a host of new logos and artwork to a shift in the Original Combat Flags... lots of good things.

Question from Instagram this week: Why don't you have Navy service flags, but you have all of the others?
Remember my earlier commentary on time? I have them here (right next to me as I type this, actually), but I haven't had the time to get photos for the website. I'll make sure that happens this weekend because you are not the only person who has asked about Navy flags :)

Now tell me something that happened, was memorable, that you learned, whatever you want, from your week!
This is my favorite part :) Leave a comment with something about your week.

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



7 Responses

Mike Sweeting
Mike Sweeting

July 16, 2019

Time is precious for sure. I think about that daily. I try not to be handcuffed by it, but it’s hard. Family stuff, kids, job, Ruck Club, GORUCK events. Despite it all I do stop to appreciate the little things. Sometimes it’s within some other thing, but you got to do that. Keeps me grounded and reminds me there’s more to it. Thanks for all you Dan!

Michael Patnaude
Michael Patnaude

July 16, 2019

Time for me is almost measured in lives. How many lives have I lived? Life before the Marine Corps, after each of my deployments, after the Marine Corps, beciming an Airman, and now on the eve of my separation from service once again. Time seems to sprint between major changes and holding patterns.
I’ve got some duty worn USMC/USAF uniforms I’d like to donate and have some flags made from. How can I do this?

Sherry Helm
Sherry Helm

July 13, 2019

Time really does go so very fast.the bands I grew up with are now older people in their 70’s and some have passed .if I think about it for to long I get very emotional because it seems like yesterday I was buying their 8tracks or albums which some dont even know what these are.

Vickie Lord Anderson
Vickie Lord Anderson

July 12, 2019

Funny you should talk about time slip, slipping away (song lyrics just popped in my head). Yesterday I had lunch with an older friend and former para of mine (I teach special ed). As we parted she mentioned how time gets away from all of us and we allow it by using it as a way to not stay in touch. So her goal is to be a positive light in a friend’s day every week if not daily. This resonated with me because half the summer, for teachers, is gone and I haven’t contacted all my friends like I said I would or done the planning I wanted. So it is time to grab that sail and take back control! Best of luck to us all.

Thanks for all you do for old Glory and our service families.

Joyce LaFrage
Joyce LaFrage

July 12, 2019

I wrote this down this week to remember: The enemy doubles his efforts when a breakthrough is right around the corner.

Have a great day!

SJS
SJS

July 12, 2019

Hi Dan,
Thank you for your service and what you are doing here. CSM JRen mentioned turning 50 soon. I turned 50 in March and understand what you’re saying about time. All of a sudden my boys are grown young men and I have a new baby granddaughter:) Just doesn’t seem possible but at the same time it’s absolutely wonderful and I’m trying every day to improve myself so I can be a positive influence for her. (Her father is a sergeant in the Army currently stationed at Ft Hood…very proud of him). Thank you for the blog!!

CSM JRen
CSM JRen

July 12, 2019

Hi Dan,
First time replying for me…I too have been concerned about time getting away from me. I turn 50 in a couple of months and really have been trying to improve myself, changing the way I see things, and keeping positive. I want my next 50 years to be different then the first.
Good luck and keep on keeping on!
CSM JRen

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