Little Lessons

Dining Alone

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 14, 2019 4:38:43 AM

burger dinner
"All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone." – Blaise Pascal

Because of my job as a consultant, I spend a significant amount of time away from home. Business travel isn’t glamorous, it isn’t miserable, it’s just part of my job. I’ve been a landscaper, a trash collector, a waiter and a soldier. Put into the proper perspective, life on the road isn’t that bad.

I’m fortunate and have wonderful clients. We’ve shared dinners that are more like a gathering of friends than a corporate event. Exchanging stories, including some “tall tales”, that bring smiles and laughter to the table. We create memories, not close business deals.

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Topics: reflection, Reading and Books, memories, travel, story, people, little lessons, emotions

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

The Joke I Didn’t Post

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 28, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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

You Get What You Expect

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 9, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Paris

"Those who wish to sing, always find a song." – Swedish Proverb

Back in 2007, my wife and I spent a week in Paris for our 20th anniversary. It was everything we expected. It was wonderful.

Before the trip, we conducted a lot of research. We visited our local library and bookstores to get travel guides and map books. Some books were more formal, like Frommer’s Guide, while others were not so formal, like The Irreverent Guide to Paris. We downloaded articles from the internet and reached out to friends and family. We had a lot of information.

With so many sources, some of the advice was contradictory. One person would talk about how helpful people were, while someone else would grouse about snobby Parisians. Americans were beloved. Americans were hated. Speak French if you can. Don’t even bother trying to speak French. What were we to expect?

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Topics: attitude, travel, people, vacation, expectations

The People Around You

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 5, 2018 5:01:00 AM

jondamerryandme

“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

Lifting Others

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 29, 2018 5:01:00 AM

 

Jacobs Ladder
"I bring you the gift of these four words: 'I believe in you.' " - Blaise Pascal

If we work hard, and are a little lucky, we’ll probably reach our goals. The path may not always be clear, with curves and clouds obstructing our view of our intended destination. We may make a detour, but we continue forward. The journey can be difficult, and take longer than anticipated, but success is ours.

However, true success is about more than what we do for ourselves. We also need to consider what we do for others. Who have we helped today?

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Topics: success, improvement, personal relationships, people, kindness

Breaking Bread with Strangers

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 20, 2018 5:01:00 AM

breaking bread

“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.” – Dorothy Day

Last weekend, I attended a dinner that will remain a treasured memory. An amazing aspect of that dinner – I’d only met 2 of the 7 people in attendance before that night.

Everyone had come to town for the 122nd Boston Marathon. One person at dinner was running, and the rest of us were supporters of her and others we knew taking on the epic course. At first, the reservations were for 4 of us, then 5, and then 7. Friends wanted to include friends, and we all wanted a fun evening.

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Topics: love, groups, listen, people

Making the Moment Count

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 16, 2018 5:04:00 AM

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“You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.” – Carl Jung

Time has been described as the one currency that is distributed equally to everyone. No matter who you are, you only get 60 seconds per minute, 60 minutes an hour, and 24 hours a day. The difference is how you spend your allotment of time.

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Topics: love, people, moment