Little Lessons

Choose Wisely

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 26, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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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

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: positive, reactions, attitude, inspiration, wonder

The Slings and Arrows of Life

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 17, 2018 5:01:00 AM


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“Learning is a gift, even if pain is the teacher.” – James Garner

About 40 years ago, a baseball hit me in the mouth. I wasn’t a fan in the stands but playing shortstop when a line-drive was hit right at me. I was a terrible athlete and a worse baseball player. My dentist performed a root canal to stop the pain and save the tooth.

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Topics: emotions, joy, challenge, reactions, memories, learning

Quiet, Yet Powerful Voices

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 13, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai

It seems that every day, the volume of our conversations gets louder. Headlines using words like “destroy”, “disaster” and “debacle”. Facebook rants with all capital letters, curses, and multiple exclamation points. Twitter threads that go on for more than 20 entries, revealing the ineffectiveness of the 140-character limit.

And that’s just about sports.

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Topics: change, optimism, passion, reactions

The Illusion of Control

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 15, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“The hotter things get, the more important it is to keep your cool.” – Harvey Mackay

My flight was scheduled to depart at 8:50am. While the airport is only 18 miles away from downtown Chicago, the drive can easily take an hour, sometimes longer. I scheduled for the shuttle van to pick me up at my hotel at 6:30. I was outside at 6:15, and 5 minutes later the van pulled up. This was going to be an easy travel day.

The driver had to pick up passengers at 3 other hotels, with the last person boarding at 6:50. This was later than my plans, but I stayed calm. Plenty of time, and there were some amusing conversations between the driver and the passengers.

When we reached the highway, the morning traffic jam was in full swing. As we crept along, you could feel the anxiety rising in the van. Some people had flights earlier than mine. The driver checked his navigation system, and it said we should get to the airport by 7:55.

A half-hour later, we heard the system announce we would arrive at 8:00.

Shortly after that, the voice said that another 10 minutes of delay had been added.

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Topics: attitude, goals, reactions, control