Little Lessons

Mark Fallon

Mark Fallon is an inspiring speaker who shares insights gained from a career that spans from a part-time job as a mail clerk, to an officer in the United States Army, from a corporate executive to a successful entrepreneur. As President & CEO of The Berkshire Company (www.berkshirecompany.com), Mark helps his clients develop solutions using emerging technologies and expert leadership.
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The Last Little Lesson

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 31, 2020 4:30:00 AM

Bass River Boats
Times change. And we change with them.

With the need for a sustained and renewed focus on my consulting business and clients, the time is right to close the chapter on the “Little Lessons” blog. I will still publish blogs about the postal and printing industries on the Berkshire Company website.

I’ve appreciated the faithful readers like you over the years. While none of my posts “went viral”, sometimes my message touched a nerve, or a heart string. And you let me know that. Thank you.

I’ll leave the blog up for another month, and then turn it off on September 1, 2020.

No one does anything alone. This journey was made possible by the support of so many people. Especially those of you who shared my posts with friends and family. I appreciate your kindness.

I’m lucky to have had the chance to share my ideas through this blog. I’m forever grateful for that opportunity.

Be well. Look for the Little Lessons taking place around you every day.

Learn from the Little Lessons.

Love the Little Lessons.

Love your life.

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A Taste of the Past

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 24, 2020 4:30:00 AM

teacup
“The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.” – Jessamyn West

Anyone who knows me knows my love of coffee. Whether it’s from my favorite coffee shop, or Dunkin Donuts, or instant coffee heated over an open fire. No sugar or cream, just hot, black coffee. It’s the perfect way to start the day or end a meal.

Then there are afternoons when my cravings take me elsewhere. To a cup of tea. Now in my favorite teacup, featuring a “Penny Black” stamp. Printed in England in 1840, the Penny Black was the first adhesive postage stamp.

Whenever I drink tea, the flavor pulls memories from hidden corners of my mind. My father and uncle having tea on Sunday afternoons after dinner. My mother making the tea, even though she preferred coffee. My mother-in-law enjoying her cup with a spot of honey. A visit to the Bath Postal Museum to see an actual Penny Black.

The gift of this cup.

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Topics: inspiration, love, memories, mother, story, listen, moment, joy, little lessons, time, father, parents

Everything is New, There Never was a Normal

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 17, 2020 4:30:00 AM

snack bag

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

This week marked my first business trip since the pandemic began. My 2-hour drive to the airport took less than 90 minutes. I was the only person in line at airport security. Half the gates were empty. One flight was half-empty, one flight had 10 people. In place of beverage service, there was a sealed plastic bag with snacks, water, and Purell on each of our seats.

Oh – and there was a lot of plexiglass everywhere.

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Topics: improvement, hard work, change, travel, challenge, little lessons, future

Are You Smiling Behind That Mask?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 10, 2020 4:30:00 AM

mask
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, we’ve been asked to adjust our lives. Limiting physical contact, keeping 6-feet apart when possible, and wearing masks. For different people, the changes represent distinct levels of difficulty.

Some people may want to point out that our parents (or grandparents) had it more difficult during the Great Depression and World War II. Others will hold up soldiers as examples to follow for toughness. Still others will hold up medical professionals as proof that anyone who complains are whiners.

My parents remain an inspiration for me. The actions of fellow veterans amaze me. I owe my health to the medical profession.

I still have empathy for people who are struggling with the new restrictions.

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Topics: strength, communicate, attitude, positive, moment, little lessons, emotions, parents, empathy, smile

A Single Strawberry

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 3, 2020 4:30:00 AM

new pot bench
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam

Last fall, I began clearing out the overgrown shrubs and bushes around the house. The sandy soil made the digging easy, but it was a lot of hard work. It was also many trips to the local landfill and compost yard.

Faced with a clean slate, we started planning. We toured some local gardens to get ideas of what we might like. On daily walks, I photographed interesting landscape ideas for inspiration. I bought several books on gardening, including ones that had information on plants native to Cape Cod.

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Topics: hard work, persistence, love, memories, happiness, joy, little lessons, garden

The Limiting Effect of Myths

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 26, 2020 4:30:00 AM

atlas
“Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi

Napoleon was short.

Bulls get angry at the color red.

Twinkies stay fresh for years.

There are hundreds of similar myths that we hear repeated. Again, and again. Some have their origins in ancient insults. Others are from a misunderstanding of rituals. And others are just wishful thinking.

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Topics: goals, learning, honesty, running, attitude, people, challenge, little lessons, time

The One Boat

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 19, 2020 4:30:00 AM

Foggy Bay
“What we need is not the will to believe but the will to find out.” – Bertrand Russell

It was a cool morning, with fog hanging over the harbor like a shroud. The sailboats looked like silent ghosts – their bare masts reminiscent of guards’ pikes in front of a castle gate. But the sea didn’t need protection, not on a day like this.

I drank my coffee in the calm that accompanied the fog. It seemed even the birds were taking the day off. The only sound was from the soft waves lapping at the pier. No one would be going out today.

The silence was suddenly broken. A diesel engine coming to life.

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Topics: success, hard work, goals, dreams, challenge, little lessons, information, silence

What We Will Build

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 12, 2020 4:30:00 AM

toolbelt
"Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." - Napoleon Hill

During the shutdown, people have turned to working with their hands as a coping mechanism. Baking bread was popular for several weeks, with people posting photos of their beautiful creations. Several of my friends are using their sewing skills to fabricate clothing and accessories. I’ve returned to my workshop.

My woodworking journey began about 30 years ago when I refinished my mother’s sewing table. It had been covered in soot due to a furnace malfunction. Using hand tools and an old belt sander, I was able to restore it. The best part of the project was the smile on my mother’s face when I delivered it to her house. Her father had been a cabinetmaker and my work brought back happy memories.

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Topics: leadership, love, mother, gift, listen, little lessons, social media, parents

Seeking Hope Amidst Fear

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 5, 2020 4:30:00 AM

foggy pier
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Through my small blog , I have a small voice – but I do have a voice. I should use it to speak out against what is happening in our country. To be silent is to be complicit.

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Topics: listen, people, moment, little lessons, silence

What We Do Next

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 29, 2020 4:45:00 AM

Door keys
“Our thought is the key which unlocks the doors of the world.” – Samuel McChord Crothers

No matter where you live, or what you do, the last few months have been a challenge. Clearly, the people on the front lines of the pandemic have given more than others. Others have lost their jobs or their businesses. Tragically, too many have lost their lives.

The drastic and significant shift to how we live our lives has impacted everyone. For many, that change has felt like a heavy weight crushing their spirit. Not knowing when things will improve has added painful stress to already difficult lives. The restrictions designed to preserve the health of our bodies test the limit of our inner-selves.

There are signs of hope on the horizon. No clear victory yet, but small steps forward in a positive direction. Businesses are cautiously reopening, implementing changes to protect their employees and their customers. There is no “new normal”, there is only a changed world. And our world will continue to change – in ways we don’t yet know.

So, what will we do? What actions will we take tomorrow that are different than what we did a year ago?

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Topics: improvement, love, support, attitude, positive, mentor, thoughtfulness, challenge, little lessons, kindness, empathy, compassion

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