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December 26, 2019 2 min read

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 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.

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I missed last week’s edition… what’s up with that?!
I’ve been traveling for my adult job / career / corporate gig and haven’t had much time (see the next thing) to place on Combat Flags over the last few weeks. Last week I was in gorgeous San Diego for a conference and this week I’m in snowy, freezing Minneapolis. I’ve got one more round of trips scheduled and then things will be back to normal!

What quote is making me think?
“You don’t ‘find’ time to do what is important. You MAKE TIME. GO.” – Jocko Willink

Ok, for those of you who have been a round for a while, you know I am a Jocko fanatic. Fate has a way of dropping these Jocko bombs in my lap when I know what I need to do but am dragging my feet on doing it. This is one of them.

The absolute easiest excuse in the world is to say “I don’t have time,” or “time got away from me.” But I continue to be amazed at how much time I can waste saying I’ll do it in a minute and then mindlessly scroll through Facebook or Instagram or watch a movie or watch some TV.

The time we own is the only thing we have control over… and letting outside events influence and control MY time has got to stop.

What’s one thing that YOU’RE proud of for the week?
Enough about me this week :) I want to hear from you. Leave a comment with one thing that you’re proud of or, conversely, not too happy with and want to improve on from the week.

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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

Daniel Fenti
Daniel Fenti

May 17, 2019

Well, Dan… As always this week was filled with fun and excitement trying to help people out with broken cars. I helped a family whose car broke down in front of their gym, fixed a car for a working family, and am currently working on a project car to get a young lady into her first vehicle. Lots to look out for when going though a 17 year old car to give to a new driver!!

Mildred Johnson
Mildred Johnson

March 09, 2019

At work last week I did a lot more than I get paid for just to help the other worker get out on time. this happens a lot . I am a Sous Chef so I have to do my work and help them, then finish up my work the go home. I feel my good work habits and helping other was made by my 12 years in the Army, I learned a lot about myself and how to help others . Had a few different jobs, but enjoyed them all.

Paul Dumais
Paul Dumais

March 08, 2019

I can procrastinate about doing things, especially if I am unsure of the outcome or if it is out of my comfort zone. I have to look at the thing and then head right into it knowing that I will receive guidance as I move through it. And I am always surprised by how things turn out and then wonder why i hesitated to begin with. There is a book entitled the Rhinoceres that says we must keep charging forward, no matter the obstacles. The Rhino does not procrastinate. It keeps charging forward. That is how I need to be.

Nathanael Steele Ellis
Nathanael Steele Ellis

March 08, 2019

I have almost completed SSD2 and will finish it today in preparation for a possible promotion before our pending deployment!

Tony Reno
Tony Reno

March 08, 2019

The past few weeks I’ve been trying to change my mindset to be a more positive person like my dear friend, Danny. It’s an interesting process and you really learn how you can get so stuck in your ways. It always reminds me of the Army days where complacency can lead to your death. In more than one way.

Mark
Mark

March 08, 2019

As I watch Washington these days and all the shenanigans, I wonder what Washington and Franklin would think. Would technology offset the all the frustrating changes in this country, those trying to lead us to socialism, discussion to amend the constitution because it is out dated and taking God out of the mix. I can’t answer for them, but I do know one thing, despite the frustration, I still love my country and I stand for the American Flag. Yes we have made many mistakes as we have grown as a country, but we made these together and fixed them as Americans. The Flag should not represent our failures, but our successes.

Just like any family we fight, we bicker and get angry, but in the end we seem to always come together, well until lately. The riff is large, however we can fix it and not between the parties. We can make time for our families. Raise them with love and forgiveness, but must of all share our values and help them grow to see that there are two sides to every problem and then there is the truth. We must teach our children to search for truth; look at all sides and make a decision on this. So as Dan said we need to “Make the time”. If we don’t make the time, someone else will for those we love. Serving 26 years in the U.S. Navy has taught me a lot, but most of all it taught me to make time, take the time for those you love. God bless America and God Bless those that now serve, so we can have the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.

Diane Habecker
Diane Habecker

March 08, 2019

I am a CASA volunteer. A court appointed advocate for foster children. I assist 2 teenage girls in their foster home experience. I go with them to court hearings, team meetings and mentor them on “life” decisions. This week I took the one girl to her foster care review meeting. I gathered college and military information for my other girl. I am trying to help them make good career choices as their parents have neglected them. Proud of my involvement with the CASA program. Let’s all do something to make the world a better place.

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