Little Lessons

The Never-Ending Search

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 7, 2019 5:00:52 AM

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“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and hour to hour.” – Viktor Frankl

As I was reading Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, one thought kept crossing my mind – “How have I never read this book before?”

In college, my major was history, with a minor in philosophy. Additionally, my literature courses included books by twentieth-century existentialists like Camus and Sartre. I was assigned to read Freud’s The Future of an Illusion as part of my capstone course in philosophy. But Frankl? I’m not sure he was even mentioned.

A friend told me he had recently re-read Frankl, as part of a discussion about what makes us human. His passion when describing the book was intriguing. A visit to a university bookstore prompted me to look for Frankl’s works. When my search in the philosophy section turned up nothing, I remembered that my friend is a psychologist. Moving over a few sections, my hunt was successful.

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Topics: reflection, Reading and Books, inspiration, love, attitude, reactions, little lessons

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 10, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Benjie Angel

“Smile at strangers and you just might change a life.” – Steve Maraboli

Growing up, we always had pets. For about 15 years, 2 cats ruled the house – Kizmee (a Siamese) owned the upstairs, while Sandy (a money cat who walked up to our house and moved in) was the queen of the downstairs. With her double paws, Sandy also governed the front yard.

Our dogs knew that they were the subservient species. Even Benjie, a large shepherd-collie mutt, received early training as a puppy from the cats about his role in the house. After receiving a few swats, he knew that whenever a cat entered a room, he got out of their way.

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Topics: networking, friendship, personal relationships, love, people, little lessons, expectations, trust, compassion

People See Our Actions

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 22, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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"You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." – Jane Goodall

I stopped at a small diner for lunch. It had an interesting layout, and from my seat at the counter, I could see most of the restaurant. And watch how the waitress interacted with her customers.

First there was the elderly couple. Clearly regulars with a routine that include bantering with the waitress. They probably order the same meals every time and ask the same questions every time. The gentleman even inquired about my food, and whether or not I liked the dessert (spoiler alert – I did).

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Topics: love, kindness, empathy, compassion

Take Heed of the Quiet Rebel

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 1, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Bentley Class of 1948

“Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” – Albert Einstein

In the 1940s, less than 4% of women in the United States went to college or an equivalent institution.

My mother was one of them.

In 1995, only about 15% of people in the United States had email.

My mother was one of them, too.

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Topics: hard work, love, mother, parents, trust

An Expotition to a Memory

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 11, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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

Your Favorite Little Lessons of 2018

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 4, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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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: goals, inspiration, love, learning, appreciation, challenge, little lessons, kindness, help

Sharing Your Gifts

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 23, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“There is no joy in possession without sharing.” – Erasmus

There’s so much work to be done.

We’re fortunate to live in a time with so much freedom and prosperity. Medical science has developed surgical techniques and drugs that can cure injuries and diseases that meant certain death just a generation ago. Most of us can access information on any topic at any time from almost anywhere. Technology has developed to the point where the “6 degrees of separation” has been reduced to only 4.

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Topics: love, gift, kindness, help

The People Around You

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 5, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with the concern.” – Max Lucado

This time of year always brings a lot of travel. Many companies want to finish projects before the year-end, so that means more onsite visits. In support of Postal Customer Councils, I’ll visit 6 states in 3 months, delivering keynote addresses and instructional classes. Between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, I’ll be flying at least 10 out of 12 weeks.

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Topics: personal relationships, love, memories, travel, people

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

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

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 27, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“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: love, support, growth, little lessons