Little Lessons

The Limiting Effect of Myths

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 26, 2020 4:30:00 AM

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“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 Do Next

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 29, 2020 4:45:00 AM

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“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

How We See the World

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 8, 2020 4:45:00 AM

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“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” – George Bernard Shaw

Staying at home, staring at screens. Television screens. Laptop Screens. Smartphone screens.

Our daily intake of news and opinions through cable networks, social media and messages between friends. There may be an unlimited number of choices, but we have a limited amount of time and attention. Either intentionally or subconsciously, we’ve either narrowed our channels or expanded our viewpoints.

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Topics: improvement, learning, values, growth, positive, challenge, little lessons, social media, trust, perspective, information, balance

The Unseen Strength of Beauty

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 24, 2020 4:45:00 AM

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“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.” – Alice Mackenzie Swaim

I love watching the first blooms of early spring. Tulips, daffodils, and crocus have been lying dormant for almost a year. When they make their appearance each April, it reminds me that warmer weather is on the horizon. The promise of more daylight, more time outdoors and even more flowers.

Every so often, winter ignores the calendar. We wake up to find that the grass has disappeared under a fresh coat of snow. The temperature has dropped below freezing. The daffodil stems are bowed down in submission. A lone tulip stands defiant.

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Topics: love, fear, growth, moment, challenge, little lessons, rest, beauty, nature

Acting With Intent

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 17, 2020 4:45:00 AM

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“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.” - Oscar Wilde

A trip to the grocery store. Work responsibilities and schedules. Conversations with friends. Keeping close to family and loved ones.

With no part of our lives untouched, we’ve been forced to abandon many routines and rituals. The impact of the smallest decisions may carry serious implications. We have to weigh the potential consequences of our actions. Before running the simplest of errands, we must ask, “Why?” and “What might happen?”

Normally this type of questioning is reserved for life-changing actions – taking a new job, buying a house, getting married. But today, any physical contact may be life-changing. Anytime we leave the house, we need to know the intent of our actions.

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Topics: reflection, Reading and Books, thoughtfulness, moment, challenge, little lessons, social media, perspective, informed

What To Do Now

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 3, 2020 4:45:00 AM

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“No matter how bad a situation, you have to ask yourself, ‘What do I do now?’” – Bob Howard, Medal of Honor Recipient

As we enter a new phase of the current crisis, our concerns continue to grow. While we adapt to new routines, the future remains uncertain. There’s no part of our lives that aren’t impacted by the virus.

The internet has become of source of both connectivity and divisiveness. We’ve watched videos of generations using webcams and software to close the “social distancing” gap. People offering suggestions and humor to cope with the boredom and exasperation. Others expressing their concerns and frustration, which have unintended consequences of provoking backlash and arguments.

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Topics: strength, love, challenge, little lessons, kindness, mail, help, service, volunteer

Being the Essential You

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 27, 2020 4:45:00 AM

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“We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.” – Elie Wiesel

I love language. When reading a book, I’m always fascinated by the way great authors assemble words to form powerful messages. Like master chefs, writers take the basic ingredients – the words available to all of us – and deliver marvelous creations.

A word that has been in use a lot lately is “essential”. Only essential businesses are allowed to remain open. Only essential travel is permitted. Only essential employees should report to work.

Is your business essential? Is the trip you make to the store essential?

Are you essential?

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Topics: networking, personal relationships, fear, challenge, little lessons, kindness, letters, social media, empathy, nature, balance

The Pessimistic Optimist

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 7, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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“Gloom doesn’t win wars.” – General George S. Patton

Last week, I had lunch with a long-time friend. We’re part of a small group whose bonds go back to high school. Throughout the years, we’ve attended marriages and funerals, sharing laughs and tears. For decades, we had an off again – on again poker game. Recent moves have made those games more “off again”.

The games aren’t about money, with the largest winnings – and losings – are $30 or $40. Instead, it’s about the conversations and arguments. It could be about politics, the education system, literature, or something really important – like which is better: the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Netflix series? Rarely are minds changed, nor feelings hurt.

At the end of lunch, my friend said, “We need to do this more often. Your optimism is infectious.”

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Topics: hard work, goals, persistence, friendship, attitude, challenge, little lessons, expectations, problem solving, perspective

New Love, New Hope

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 24, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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“Tá mo chroí istigh ionat.” – “My heart is within you.” (Gaelic)

Last weekend, my nephew and his fiancée were married. Their wedding was a wonderful blend of old and new. Ancient ceremonies and self-written vows. Traditional dances and modern songs. A 250-year old inn and videos taken by aerial drones.

Of course, at the center of the weekend was the oldest of emotions – love. Two people publicly committing to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. Family and friends sharing in that special moment.

The ceremony and the happy couple represent more than just a display of love for those in attendance. They represent the power that love can bring to our lives.

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Topics: love, positive, challenge, joy, little lessons, future, social media, beauty, romance

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