Little Lessons

Old Dog, New Shoes

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 25, 2019 5:01:00 AM

slippers
"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live” – Mortimer Adler

For decades, I’ve disdained slippers. They seemed like an unnecessary piece of clothing. Either I wore shoes – dress shoes, work boots, running shoes – or I went barefoot. Having something “in between” would just take up more room in my closet.

My outlook changed with my hip surgery last summer. In addition to needing a cane, I would have difficulty bending over for weeks. That would make tying my shoes a challenge. Walking barefoot wasn’t recommended, so I had to find slip-on shoes – slippers.

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Topics: expectations, change, little lessons, growth, fear, Reading and Books

Honor is a Full Time Commitment

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 18, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Sboro memorial

"You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one." - Henry David Thoreau

I was having breakfast with some fellow veterans on Saturday morning. The previous week, we had shared emails about some modifications to the memorial in the center of town. After several rounds of messages, it was clear an in-person discussion would be better. Plus, who doesn’t like getting together for breakfast?

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Topics: little lessons, veteran, honor

An Expotition to a Memory

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 11, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Poohsticks

“Some people care too much. I think it's called love.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

It started with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts to see their special exhibition – “Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic”. It was a weekday evening, but there were plenty of people in line to enjoy the displays of original letters, drawings and early editions of the books that introduced the world to Christopher Robin, Pooh, and their captivating cohorts.

The ages of attendees spanned the generations. Not only were there people my age, but people old enough to be my parents, or children, or grandchildren. Different languages and accents could be heard sharing laughs and smiles in front of the displays. Even crusty old men took a moment to play Poohsticks on the bridge – just as they have for over 90 years.

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Topics: memories, love, mother, parents, little lessons

Your Favorite Little Lessons of 2018

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 4, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Whale Fluke

What a year! 2018 brought a lot of changes for many of us, myself included. The closing of my running career has opened up new paths, new opportunities, and new outlooks on life.
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Topics: little lessons, goals, help, kindness, challenge, appreciation, inspiration, learning, love

The Joke I Didn’t Post

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 28, 2018 5:01:00 AM

book
“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.” - Oscar Wilde

My social media feed was filled with posts on a contentious subject. Both sides of the political spectrum were accusing the other of not taking them seriously. People had created memes using cool graphics and witty wording.

Posts built upon posts, until all the arguments looked silly. I started to do my own research on the subject. Thanks to the power of the internet, I was able to reach back decades, and then centuries. The more I learned, the sillier the current situation seemed.

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Topics: social media, little lessons, people, positive, reactions, reflection

Diets for Our Minds

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 21, 2018 5:01:00 AM

TR Citizen Book
“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing – that's why we recommend it daily!” – Zig Ziglar

I recently listened to a podcast interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates, the journalist and author. During the interview, Mr. Coates talked about his decision to shut down his Twitter account and leave that social media platform. The constant barrage of negativity was impacting his writing. He explained, “If I don’t exert control over what comes in, I will in no way be able to exert control over what comes out.”

That’s a key point – what we absorb impacts what we generate. The internet and social media have helped further democratize the distribution of information. More people are able to express their views to more people than ever before. However, that means a long with the good, there’s a lot of bad.

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Topics: good, little lessons, thoughtfulness, positive, reflection, social media

Choose Wisely

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 26, 2018 5:01:00 AM

1930s radio
This little lesson occurred 10 years ago, in 2008. I share it today to honor my father, Bill and my friend, Tim. Saturday, October 27, 2018, would have been my father’s 94th birthday, and next month represents the one-year anniversary of Tim’s passing. I think of them often.

Recently, my father was telling a story about his boyhood. He and his brother had walked 5 miles to the next town to listen to the radio broadcast of President Roosevelt’s inaugural address. That’s Franklin Roosevelt, not Theodore Roosevelt (my father’s not that old).

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Topics: father, friendship, memories, little lessons, reactions, control, learning

Self-Improvement and Self-Acceptance – 2 Sides of the Same Coin

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 27, 2018 5:01:00 AM

maine_bay

“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” – Louise L. Hay

Readers of this blog understand my commitment to life-long self-improvement. Whether it’s expanding my knowledge through reading books, or my past efforts as a runner, or my current rehabilitation  after surgery. More importantly, through the lessons and love shared by friends, I try to become better at providing support and understanding for the people in my life.

I also accept being me – just as I am.

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Topics: little lessons, love, support, growth

Three Canes – Three Lessons

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 22, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Canes

"I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

It wasn’t something I planned, becoming the owner of 3 different canes. There was no intentional collecting – one’s an heirloom, one’s an essential aid, and the other was a gift. My current situation brought them together, and each one brought its own little lesson.

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Topics: kindness, challenge, support, little lessons

Still Learning After All These Years

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 18, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Riverwalk

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

I’ve been in the mailing industry for more than 3 decades, attending national conferences and trade shows for more than 25 years, and being a presenter for the past 23 years. I’ve been there, done that, and seen it all. Or have I?

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Topics: little lessons, learning, time