Little Lessons

Choosing the Right Goal – And It May Change

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 7, 2018 5:01:00 AM

MMF Snowstorm
"When your intention is clear, so is the way." – Alan Cohen

A few weeks ago, I was driving from Brooklyn, New York to my home in Massachusetts. The trip normally takes around 3 ½ to 4 hours. I was starting at 2:00pm, well before rush hour. There was snow in the forecast, so I planned on a 5-hour trip, getting home around 7:00pm.

The snow started before I left the parking lot. The highway was already backed up, and my GPS recommended that I go through Manhattan. I was familiar with the route along the Hudson River, and while it may add a few miles, it probably would be quicker.

And it was. For about 30 minutes. Then everything stopped.

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Topics: goals, challenge, reflection

The Power of Teams

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 30, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Super Team

Warning: The following article on teams contains no sports references, analogies or metaphors.

For me, team victories have always been more enjoyable than individual victories. It may be the feeling of camaraderie, or the process of coming together to triumph over a challenge. Or, it may be the understanding that we accomplish very little on our own, and that we all rely on others for our success.

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Topics: team, leadership, critique, success, goals

Love Letters

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 19, 2018 5:01:00 AM

The Letter
“Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” – Josh Billings

One day in 1981, a friend of mine asked me to cover for her for a few days at her part-time job. Little did I know that that favor would be the beginning of a life-long love affair……………………………with mail.
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Topics: story, goals, friendship, mail, letters

Create Your Future

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 10, 2018 5:01:00 AM

 

Rainbows

 

“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” - Stephen Hawking

There are many who believe that everything that happens is predetermined. For some people, predestination is based in their religious beliefs. Others think fate decides what will happen. There are even secular philosophies based on the laws of physics that state everything that happened since the Big Bang, including our thoughts, were unstoppable.

The thought of predestination can be both frightening and calming. Waking up every day, knowing that what will happen will happen. And there’s nothing you can do about it.

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Topics: future, goals, challenge

It Takes All of Us – Together

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 3, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Nashville Habitat
“In overcoming prejudice, working together is even more effective than talking together.” - Ralph W. Sockman

One of my favorite days each year is the “Habitat for Humanity build” at the National Postal Forum (NPF). Most of the volunteers have travelled many miles to attend the NPF. Instead of enjoying the host city’s amenities, they give up their Saturday to help build a home for a complete stranger.

The team exemplifies the word “diversity”. The 20 or so volunteers are usually from 10 – 15 different states. Some folks are senior executives at the United States Postal Service, while others are front-line employees of small companies. There are expert craftsmen, along with people who are using a power tool for the first time. There are also differences in age, gender, race, sexual orientation and nation of origin.

For the eight hours we’re together, those differences fade in the background. The focus is to come together and achieve our goal – help a family in need. We finish the day tired, sweaty and deeply fulfilled.

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Topics: kindness, challenge, people, positive, love, goals, team

The Opening Act

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 13, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Joan Osborne
“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” – Les Brown

A few years ago, my wife and I went to a Joan Osborne concert. It was a wonderful evening with Joan singing some of her classics, some blues standards, and some songs she hasn’t recorded yet. Accompanied only by a piano player (and her iPod), Joan’s sultry and soulful voice still has the power it had in the 1990s.

The surprise of the evening was the opening act. I love opening acts.

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Topics: dreams, goals, support

The Glass in Front of You

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 9, 2018 3:00:00 AM

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“Being positive in a negative situation isn’t naive; it’s leadership” - Ralph Marston

On most news websites, I ignore the comments section after reading the story. However, the opposite is true for the blog that covers events in my town. The characters who post the most would fit into any novel about a small, New England town. There’s the old-timers who complain about the newcomers, the newcomers who complain about the old-timers, and then there are people who complain about everything.

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Topics: goals, attitude, positive, success

The Work Behind the Work

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 12, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“In all things, success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is to be such failure.” – Confucius

Sitting at your favorite restaurant, the waiter places a beautiful dish in front of you. How did they create something so wonderful in just a few minutes?

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Topics: goals, hard work

Your Favorite Little Lessons of 2017

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 5, 2018 4:54:00 AM

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The events of 2017 were a reminder of the importance of the people we let into our lives. In the most significant moments – whether in mourning or celebration – it’s the people around us who make a difference.

The journey continues. We can’t go back in time, so we must move forward. Thanks to the support of so many friends, I’ll continue to learn more little lessons. And write about them here.

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Topics: love, inspiration, friendship, goals

A Light Needs Darkness to Shine

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 22, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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"Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark." – Kate DiCamillo

On a bright, sunny day, go outside with a strong flashlight. Turn on the light. You probably won’t see any difference.

Sit in a dark room. Light a single match. Your surroundings are transformed.

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Topics: inspiration, love, goals, running, marathon