Thoughtful Thursday: Something Meaningful


Every Thursday, we provide you with a thoughtful way to coach yourself – something all leaders need to do. So take five and enjoy the inspirational quotes and reflect on the questions that follow. Your comments and answers to the questions are most welcome!


I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  ~Edward Everett Hale

  • What’s stopping you from doing the somethings you need to do?
  • What is the first small step you can take?
  • What everythings do you need to stop or prioritize so that you have something meaningful to do?


I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.

2 comments on “Thoughtful Thursday: Something Meaningful

  1. Great quote Mary Jo!

    I found this while browsing the internet and it reminded me of your blogs. Maybe these instructions should be a starting blueprint for some leaders!

    The Dalai Lama’s Instructions for Life:
    1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
    2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
    3. Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
    4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
    5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
    6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
    7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
    8. Spend some time alone every day.
    9. Open arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
    10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
    11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
    12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
    13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
    14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
    15. Be gentle with the earth.
    16. Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.
    17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
    18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
    19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Carina

  2. Carina, thank you. These are wonderful. And I am humbled to think that they sound like my blog. Interestingly, although I am not Buddhist, I am a student of Budhism; I’ve taken classes and do a lot of reading in that arena. I feel that a lot of the philosophy behind Buddhism meshes with my beliefs. So you’ve found me out! Thanks again for sharing these with me and my readers.

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