Little Lessons

Small Joys Become a Lifetime of Happiness

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 13, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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“Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Sunday night, I walked into a local restaurant to pick up my order of Chinese food. I looked over to the soda cooler, and saw that they were out of lemonade, my drink of choice. The woman at the counter recognized me and grabbed my order. As she rung in the charge, she looked at me and asked, “You’re not getting a drink tonight?”

I explained that they were out of lemonade. She shared that during the off season, that often happens. I live in a town with a lot of summer tourists, and apparently, I’m one of the few people who drink lemonade all year. She then asked if I’d ever tried pineapple soda. I wasn’t even sure what that would taste like.

“Give it a try. If you don’t like it, next week, the entire meal is on the house.” How could I resist an offer like that?

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Topics: reflection, appreciation, positive, people, moment, happiness, joy, little lessons, kindness, wonder, parents, beauty, perspective

Attitude Magnets

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 6, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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“Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.” – Wendell Berry

It was raining outside the restaurant. When the waitress brought over my lunch, she repeated my order as she put it on the table – “Grilled cheese sandwich and (long pause) chicken noodle soup.”

“Needed my soup on a day like this. “ I replied with a smile.

She looked at the table and added with a slight chuckle, “I see you remembered your milk. Your mother would be proud.”

“Well, I’m still a growing boy!” At which point we both laughed.

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Topics: customer service, leadership, optimism, humor, attitude, positive, people, happiness, joy, little lessons, kindness

Go Bowling – A Lesson From My Mother

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 28, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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For as long as I can remember, my mother belonged to a bowling league. One night a week, she would spend a few hours away from the family and go bowling with her friends. One trophy she brought home on a regular basis was inscribed, “Perfect Attendance”.

When I was little, I never looked forward to my mother’s bowling nights. She protected me from my older brothers and sisters. Without her around, who would make sure we had an equal say on which TV channel we watched? And who would put their arm around us if we were afraid? (Not that I ever admitted I was afraid of anything.)

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Topics: personal relationships, honesty, memories, mother, happiness, little lessons, bowling

A Trip to Coney Island

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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"A day without laughter is a day wasted." - Charlie Chaplin

PS – There’s a bonus “little lesson” at the end of this post.

After finishing a productive day at a client in Brooklyn, New York, I needed to decompress. I took off my tie, hung the suitcoat in the back seat, and pointed the car due south. To the tip of the island – to Coney Island.

In the late 19th century, an amusement park opened in this seaside resort. There were rides, food stands and sideshows. The Coney Island boardwalk and beaches transformed the peninsula. Every weekend, throngs of people rode the trains from New York City to escape the confines of the tenements.

This was Thursday, not the weekend, so I didn’t expect any crowds. In fact, that was essential to my plan. I was going to ride the world’s oldest wooden roller coaster – The Cyclone.

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Topics: dreams, inspiration, love, story, happiness, joy, little lessons, emotions, wonder, balance

Your Favorite Little Lessons of 2019

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 10, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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Another year, another 52 Little Lessons shared. Learning to slow down. Learning to listen. Learning to pay attention. Learning to live.

I’m grateful for everyone who takes the time to share my journey and the little lessons that I learn along the way. Your support is essential to my writing, to this blog, and to my next steps forward. Thank you.

Here the countdown of your 10 favorite “Little Lessons” of 2019:

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Topics: reflection, friendship, leadership, personal relationships, appreciation, positive, mother, happiness, little lessons, kindness, help, parents, service, volunteer, nature, walking, quiet

Consistent Joy

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 13, 2019 5:00:00 AM

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"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

While in Baltimore last week, I walked over to the “Little Italy” section of town. Just a few blocks from my hotel on the harbor, with plenty of restaurants to enjoy. I chose a small place that I’d been to before – an “old school” restaurant with a traditional menu and wine served in carafes. As always, it was a wonderful experience.

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Topics: people, happiness, joy, little lessons

When Great is the Enemy of Good

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 29, 2019 5:00:00 AM

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"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." – Anna Quindlen

We used to go to stores to shop. If the item we wanted wasn’t in stock, a good merchant would order it, or offer something similar at the same price. Today, we expect to find exactly what we want with a few clicks of the mouse, have it delivered to our door the next day – or increasingly, the same day. And we don’t expect to pay anything extra for shipping.

In the past, we took photos on vacation, not knowing if the shot was framed correctly or in focus until the prints came back from the store. We’d share with a few close friends. If someone gave us a compliment, it was enough.

Today, we post photos on social media, expecting all of our followers, or followers of the accompanying “hashtag”, to hit the “like” button – or even better, the “love” button.

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Topics: goals, happiness, joy, little lessons, social media, balance

The Loud Silence

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 11, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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“The loudest noise in the world is silence.” – Thelonious Monk

It was a 6:00am flight. That meant getting up at 3:30am, driving to the airport, returning the rental car, taking a shuttle bus to the terminal, and then experiencing the joys of security. The cup of coffee made in the hotel room provided enough of a jolt to get me to the gate, but its effects had worn off.

While boarding the plane, I stopped at the entrance to allow the flight attendant to hang up a jacket. She thanked me, and said that I now got to make a decision for the entire plane – should she turn on the boarding music or not?

“Not. There’s no need for any extra noise this early in the morning.”

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Topics: love, listen, happiness, joy, little lessons, nature, balance, silence, quiet

Sometimes We Need Silliness

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 4, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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"A day without laughter is a day wasted." - Charlie Chaplin

It had been a long day. I was in California to deliver an evaluation report to a client. The day before, I had several telephone/web meetings with clients on the east coast and Midwest – so 3 time zones had to be taken into consideration. The calls began at 6:00am (9:00 in Florida), so I was up at 4:30am to get in my walk, shower and first cup of coffee.

After the meetings, I had a long drive ahead on a clogged California highway. In the late afternoon, a manager from the California client, Alissa, sent an email about lunch the next day. The briefing was scheduled from 8:30am to 1:00pm. They were being thoughtful, and bringing in food. I’m lucky to have clients like that.

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Topics: hard work, humor, positive, happiness, joy, little lessons, time, perspective

Your Choices, Your Values

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 27, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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“"Happy, contented people make conscious, careful choices about their life focuses that endorse their individual values." – Gail McMeekin

I believe in goals. Over 25% of the posts on this blog have had something to say about goals. Having an objective helps provide direction and purpose. Of course, we need to make sure we have the right objectives.

Hard work is an important part of our lives. Sometimes the effort is a combination of physical, mental and emotional. We can’t expect accomplishments without labor and sweat. But we also need rest to allow our bodies and spirits to recover.

Success – reaching our goals through hard work and determination – is a great sensation. Knowing that we’ve achieved what we set out to do, that we’ve overcome the obstacles and challenges before us. Winning feels better than losing. However, the obsession to succeed can blind us from what’s really important.

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Topics: success, hard work, goals, reflection, values, honesty, challenge, happiness, little lessons, wins, balance

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