Little Lessons

Being Good and Decent and Kind

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 6, 2019 5:00:00 AM

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“I like you just the way you are.” – Fred Rogers

I love action movies. I’ve seen Die Hard so many times, that I often quote the next line an actor is going to say before he says it. While director Christopher Nolan definitely captured the grittiness of Gotham City imagined by Bob Kane, his movies never would have been created without the imaginative Tim Burton’s Batman of 1989. And no actor takes as many punches as Harrison Ford does, whether he’s Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan or Dr. Richard Kimble.

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Topics: values, optimism, positive, thoughtfulness, joy, little lessons, emotions, kindness, help, good, empathy

The Value of Time

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 12, 2019 5:01:00 AM

 

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“A free man possesses time.” – Erling Kagge

Alarm clocks. Time clocks. Clocks on our wrists. Clocks on our phones.

Paper calendars. Electronic calendars. Internet-enabled calendars.

Factory whistles. School bells. Meeting notifications.

Constant reminders of the many ways time is passing by – by the minute, by the hour, by the day. We’ve developed many different ways to measure the passage of time. It’s just as important that we recognize the value of time.

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Topics: reflection, thoughtfulness, moment, little lessons, time, rest, social media

Diets for Our Minds

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 21, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“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

Be Kind

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 15, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” – Bob Kerrey

There seems to be an abundance of sorrow and unease in the world recently.

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Topics: thoughtfulness, kindness, father

The Thought Is The Gift

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 22, 2017 4:35:00 AM


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For the last decade, I’ve been invited to present at the “Fall Mailers Conference” sponsored by the Central Missouri Postal Customer Council (PCC). The event is held at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. For two days, mailing professionals from across the state gather to attend classes, visit with vendors, and network.

The attendees are the real attraction at this event – it feels more like a family reunion than a conference. Greeting each other with hugs, sharing stories of what’s happened over the last year, and creating memories for the future. I’m over 1,400 miles away from my house, but this Bostonian feels like he’s “come home” when he arrives at the lake.

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Topics: appreciation, thoughtfulness, gift, Santa

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