Little Lessons

A Taste of the Past

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 24, 2020 4:30:00 AM

teacup
“The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.” – Jessamyn West

Anyone who knows me knows my love of coffee. Whether it’s from my favorite coffee shop, or Dunkin Donuts, or instant coffee heated over an open fire. No sugar or cream, just hot, black coffee. It’s the perfect way to start the day or end a meal.

Then there are afternoons when my cravings take me elsewhere. To a cup of tea. Now in my favorite teacup, featuring a “Penny Black” stamp. Printed in England in 1840, the Penny Black was the first adhesive postage stamp.

Whenever I drink tea, the flavor pulls memories from hidden corners of my mind. My father and uncle having tea on Sunday afternoons after dinner. My mother making the tea, even though she preferred coffee. My mother-in-law enjoying her cup with a spot of honey. A visit to the Bath Postal Museum to see an actual Penny Black.

The gift of this cup.

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Topics: inspiration, love, memories, mother, story, listen, moment, joy, little lessons, time, father, parents

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

Small Joys Become a Lifetime of Happiness

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 13, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Dawn
“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

A Trip to Coney Island

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

cyclone
"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

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

All Life is Memory

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 20, 2019 5:00:00 AM

small storybook
"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

A winter evening, sharing the warmth of home and the warmth of friendship. Through mutual agreement, there was no talk of politics or current affairs. Instead, we took turns telling stories – stories of the recent past, mutual history and distant memories.

Recollections of experiences, or at least of how we remember the experiences. As time passes, the way we remember things change. We’re impacted by what we’ve learned since the original event. Certain colors fade while others become even more vibrant. What was once trivial is now recognized as a significant moment.

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Topics: memories, story, people, joy, little lessons, emotions, perspective

Consistent Joy

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 13, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Baltimore Harbor
"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

Being Good and Decent and Kind

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 6, 2019 5:00:00 AM

mister rogers star
“I like you just the way you are.” – Fred Rogers

I love action movies. I’ve seen Die Hard so many times, that I often quote the next line an actor is going to say before he says it. While director Christopher Nolan definitely captured the grittiness of Gotham City imagined by Bob Kane, his movies never would have been created without the imaginative Tim Burton’s Batman of 1989. And no actor takes as many punches as Harrison Ford does, whether he’s Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan or Dr. Richard Kimble.

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Topics: values, optimism, positive, thoughtfulness, joy, little lessons, emotions, kindness, help, good, empathy

When Great is the Enemy of Good

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 29, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Lighthouse
"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

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