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August 13, 2021 | Just a Few Things

August 13, 2021 | Just a Few Things

Welcome to this week's edition of Just a Few Things, where I share just a few things from that week that have inspired, motivated, interested or (insert whatever adjective you'd like here) me during that week.

Why do these? Because we often find inspiration in the most unexpected of places. Maybe you'll see something in this week's edition that will spur you to action or maybe you'll be moved to share a thing or two from your week with me!

And if you're thinking... what does this have to do with flags? Well, it has absolutely nothing to do with flags. Combat Flags has always been about more than flags - it's about community, sharing ideas and constant improvement. Unusual, right?

Let's get to it:

What's one thing that got me excited about life this week?
Oddly enough, I had a chaotic week at my corporate gig this week that got me pretty excited about all aspects of life. Things (projects, requests, etc.) were hitting one after the other and the "chaos" helped to focus me in on the bigger puzzle to make it all fit and work together.

I've experienced this a few times (and even wrote a blog post about it back in the day), but there's something about the unexpected paired with a chaotic environment that gets me going. All in, it was a great change of pace at the corporate thing this week, which, while tiring, made me better at home and for Combat Flags.

What's a belief I've found renewed faith in?
In short - just do it. Across the board I've talked with far too many people this week who don't or can't just get down to business. For a few of these folks there is always some reason not to work harder, try something new, think differently or take a leap of faith.

I used to be one of these people - always waiting for the perfect moment to do this or that. But, due in large part to Combat Flags, I've learned that perfect timing isn't real, nor is a perfect plan or strategy. So, just do it. Take that leap and optimize as you go.

What's one activity that made me lose track of time?
If you've been following along this year then this shouldn't be a surprise - reading. I'm into a military thriller series - Tier One - that is so well written that it's hard to put the books down. I've polished off two of them this week alone and can't wait to get started on the third.

I was fortunate enough to interview one of the authors for the Combat Flags podcast a while back for a new series they're launching (which is equally as amazing, by the way), and getting to connect with the author on a more personal level was great fun.

Losing track of time - whether through reading, exercising, gaming, whatever - just feels good, doesn't it? Being so in the moment/engrossed in a singular thing can be such a good reset.

And one final thing
I posted a new episode of the Combat Flags podcast on Thursday. In this episode I talked with Army Veteran Justin Eichenlaub. 

Justin served as a 35T - Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer and Integrator. Early on in his career, Justin was diagnosed with an incredibly rare heart condition that threatened to remove him from the Army. Following a successful surgery in a foreign hospital (where only his doctor spoke English), Justin went on to deploy to Afghanistan in 2011 for 12 months  where he maintained intelligence equipment to ensure Operators could produce actionable intel. 

Alright, that's it for this week's edition of Just a Few Things. I hope you've been inspired to try something new, read a book, reflect on your week or listen to a new podcast.

Please feel free to drop a comment or email with a thing or two from your week than I can share with others!

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Mildred Johnson - August 16, 2021

A friend at work has been out for 3 weeks because of her Daughter been very sick,and is still in the Hospital, I have been working 6 days a week, my boss say thank you, no need for thanking me. I just say it is for a good cause. She needs to be with her Daughter. So that’s how my weeks have been.

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