Creating an Intentional Community

While traveling recently with a colleague who I hadn’t known very well, I couldn’t help but observe her behaviour over the number of days we were together.  Not only was she extremely polite to all the service personal, agents and other random folks that we encountered, she was very noticeably  sincere.

For example when someone said ‘have a nice day’ to her – with just her simple words of reply ‘you to,’ her voice, her pause, her cadence, her tone really made it sound like she really wished a goodness for the stranger.

After watching this behaviour repeat itself numerous times over numerous days, I finally commented and commended her for her actions.

Her response was profound, ‘No one deserves to feel invisible.’ she said. Hmmm.

No one deserves to feel invisible. What a beautiful thought to carry forward into our week.

Who would appreciate being acknowledged in your world? Who do you pass by without so much as a smile, a nod, a word of thanks or encouragement?

No one deserves to feel invisible. You have the power to change that.


On this week’s podcasted CJOB radio show Your Life, Unlimited –  I speak with Cornelius Buller, PhD. about Social Justice and how we can all do a small part to create positive change. He encouraged us to ensure the money we spend is making the world a better place. Buying free-trade chocolate and coffee is one way that we can help.

As well, I spoke with Dennis Maione about the launch of his new book, What I learned from Cancer.  There are plenty of insights in his words but I especially loved when he talked about creating an intentional community – a concept that can benefit us all whether illness is a part of our daily life or not.

You can enjoy the whole show here: Your Life, Unlimited with Dennis Maione and Cornelius Buller

Steph  🙂

Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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