Little Lessons

The Unhappy Earl

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 19, 2019 5:01:00 AM

downton abbey
“I have no right to be unhappy.” - Lord Grantham

Even if you don’t watch PBS, you’ve probably heard of Downton Abbey. The period drama tells the story of the residents of a country estate in England during the early 1900s. There’s intrigue upstairs among the family members as they try to maintain their wealth and heritage. And there’s equal suspense among the staff, as they strive to make their lives better. Both classes struggle with new technology, the impact of World War I, and the changes transforming British society.

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Topics: attitude, happiness, little lessons, emotions, wonder

What Can I Do About It?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 5, 2019 5:01:00 AM

traffic jam
“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” – Plato

It had been a long day. My brain was tired, and my body exhausted. I knew there were still 90 miles left to drive, but traffic was moving along, and I might make it home in less than 90 minutes.

Until everything came to a dead stop.

As we inched along, I started to think about alternate routes. I calculated that the “best” substitute was at least an hour longer. An alert on my GPS device estimated that the traffic on the current road was delayed about 45 minutes. So, I continued forward.

No good alternatives to a bad situation. Or were there?

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Topics: strength, goals, friendship, attitude, challenge, emotions

The Slings and Arrows of Life

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 17, 2018 5:01:00 AM


waves on rocks

“Learning is a gift, even if pain is the teacher.” – James Garner

About 40 years ago, a baseball hit me in the mouth. I wasn’t a fan in the stands but playing shortstop when a line-drive was hit right at me. I was a terrible athlete and a worse baseball player. My dentist performed a root canal to stop the pain and save the tooth.

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Topics: learning, memories, reactions, challenge, joy, emotions

Searching for the Best

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 20, 2018 5:01:00 AM

burger dinner

“The best things in life aren’t things.” – Art Buchwald

It’s common to see signs in restaurants declaring “Voted Best Restaurant of 2018” by the readers of the local newspaper or regional magazine. The restaurant may only be a local pub with 10 tables and 5 booths, but it’s “the best”.

I’ve had people ask me for “the best hotel in Boston”. Before answering, I ask questions – How many people? Any children? What do you plan on doing? What time of year? Will you have a car?

A friend asked me “what’s the best book on leadership?” The closest I could come to answering the questions was to write a blog post with a list of 25 books that had a significant impact on me.

“Best” is a very personal term. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “best” as “superlative of good: excelling all others.”

Excelling in what?
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Topics: reflection, Reading and Books, values, memories, emotions

It’s Okay to Be Human

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 25, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Umass Shirt

“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” – Maya Angelou

In a few days, I’ll be having total hip replacement surgery.

I’m nervous about it.

My rational mind knows that I will probably be fine. I have a good doctor. I will be having surgery in a good hospital associated with a good medical school. I am covered by decent health insurance. I know that I must have the surgery to end the pain and prevent more damage to my body.

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Topics: love, fear, support, listen, emotions