Little Lessons

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

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 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

The Pessimistic Optimist

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 7, 2020 5:00:00 AM

small scales
“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

Lessons from 1999 – The Disaster That Didn’t Occur

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 3, 2020 5:00:00 AM

1999 Calendar
Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.” – Robert Half

Y2K.

Three characters that haunted many of us in the late 1990s. If your job had anything to do with computers, many projects were pushed off to the side to make time for the “Y2K Project”.

Newspapers and magazines splashed their covers with stories of the potential apocalypse. The major news networks dedicated hours of programming explaining how individuals should prepare for the worst.

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Topics: success, hard work, goals, persistence, planning, challenge, little lessons, future, problem solving

No Medals

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 22, 2019 5:00:00 AM


Lake Rounds
"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us--that's where it's at." – Jesse Owens

The older gentleman entered the dining room with a beaming smile. Before he had a chance to sit down, the server asked, “How did your son do?” The enthusiastic response, “He made it with 6 minutes to spare!”

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Topics: success, hard work, goals, persistence, inspiration, motivation, journey, marathon, people, challenge, little lessons, help, wins, walking

Hard Work is Hard Work

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 15, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Quincy College Luncheon                   Photo Credit: Quincy College


“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Some Silly Person

Last week, I attended a veterans’ luncheon at a nearby college. One of the speakers was US Navy Veteran Allen Lerner, owner and operator of a local Chick-Fil-A restaurant. Allen was offering advice to the students on choosing a career.

“Some of you may have heard the saying, ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’”. Allen continued, “That’s a myth.”

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Topics: success, hard work, goals, persistence, values, thankfulness, veteran, running, attitude, passion, little lessons

Sometimes We Need Silliness

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 4, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Mussels

"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

small scales
“"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

Mind over Matter

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 21, 2019 5:01:00 AM

rhodoroot
“Give me a place to stand on and I can move the Earth.” – Archimedes

Once upon a time, I was young and strong.

Throughout high school, and part of college, I worked summers as a landscaper. My boss loved to give me the hardest jobs, because he knew I wanted to be challenged. Dig a hole 6 feet by six feet by six feet – with only a shovel and pickax. Move truckloads of wood mulch with a wheelbarrow. Rip out a tree stump without any power tools.

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Topics: strength, improvement, networking, hard work, reading list, Reading and Books, growth, groups, challenge, little lessons

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