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

The Answers Within are Found Outside

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 9, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Bass River Sunrise
“Clearings. That’s what I needed” Slowly my brain righted itself into spaces unused for months.” – Helen MacDonald

Last year brought a lot of changes to my life. I was forced to stop running and had to face my fears when having major surgery. I was fortunate to have an amazing doctor and access to a teaching hospital. My surgery went as planned, and my doctor was impressed with my “quick recovery.”

Of course, what was “quick” for him was “painfully slow” for me. I had followed the pre-operation workout routine and completed the exercises assigned by the physical therapist afterwards. But I didn’t feel as strong as I thought I should. A walk to the end of the driveway and back felt like a 10k run. Not exhausting, but a workout.

The longer the recovery took, the older I felt.

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Topics: improvement, inspiration, fear, attitude, positive, little lessons, future, expectations, beauty, nature, perspective

Dream a Little Dream

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 1, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Bass River Boats
“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." – Lewis Carroll (The White Queen in “Alice in Wonderland”)

My favorite mornings are when I wake up while still in the middle of a dream. I’ll lie there for a few moments and write my own ending to the story. Depending on the dream, I may fall back to sleep. Thank goodness for snooze alarms!

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Topics: goals, dreams, attitude, positive, challenge

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

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

Stay Amazed

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 7, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Whale Fluke

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts

I recently went on a whale watch. Conditions were just right, and we saw about a dozen of these amazing mammals. Several came surprisingly close to the boat, as if they knew we were desperate to get a good photo – especially the iconic fluke as they dived for more food.

This was perhaps the 10th time I’ve been on a whale watch cruise. I’ve been on tours leaving from the tip of Cape Cod, from the Boston Aquarium, the North Shore and Nova Scotia. One boat was even smaller than the leviathans we stalked with our cameras.

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Topics: inspiration, attitude, reactions, positive, wonder

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

Facing the Unknown

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 13, 2018 5:01:00 AM


Cape Sunrise

"If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you." - Calvin Coolidge

In a world of uncertainty, many of us feel overwhelmed by the challenges around us – real or imagined. Will we have a job next month? Is the small repair on the house a symptom of a larger expense we can’t afford? With so many personal and professional responsibilities filling up our calendar, is there room for ourselves?

The list goes on.

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Topics: love, fear, support, positive, future

The Extraordinary Ordinary Day

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 1, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Rose2

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In many ways, the day was no different than the many others that preceded it. The sun came up only slightly earlier than the day before, the temperature was nearly the same, and so was the low humidity. Even the days’ schedules were similar.

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Topics: appreciation, positive, happiness, joy

It’s Okay to be Happy

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 4, 2018 4:30:00 AM

beach_sunset

“Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller

For most of my life, I’ve been afraid of happiness. Of course, I enjoyed the moment when things were going well. But if the feeling lasted too long, I’d become anxious. Certainly, a sensation this good can’t last. Something is bound to go wrong – soon.
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Topics: positive, happiness, joy