Suddenly in Awe

Sun Halo

It was a perfect summer Sunday afternoon, not too hot, not too cold – just right!

Our active double date consisted of a thirty km (about 18 mile) bike ride and a picnic on the grounds of Royal Roads University in front of the National Historic site’s majestic Hately Castle.

As I lay on my back, bare feet enjoying the fresh green blades of grass, soaking up the rays, I was suddenly in awe. Up in the brilliant blue sky something amazing was happening. In a circle surrounding the sun was a full on rainbow! For the first time in my life, I saw a Sun Halo. Have you ever seen one?

It was coolio!!  A moment of gratitude for this amazing home we call earth.

Suddenly in Awe.

When is the last time you were Suddenly in Awe? Do you remember how it made you feel? Happy, appreciative, content?  It doesn’t have to be a rare occurrence, it can be an everyday event.

A beautiful flower, a glimpse of a hummingbird, a unique rock, unexpected laughter, a smell that brings back wonderful memories, turning on the tap and having hot water shower you, the meal prepared with love, the perfect throw of the Frisbee, the perfect catch!


A surprise peek into someone’s stroller to see a newborn, witnessing a reunion at an airport, biting into a fresh baked treat, a delightful read, the wonder of how that plane got off the ground, or how our body systems all work to help us move and breathe and exist, how perfectly placed the earth is from the sun…

I could go on and on. But perhaps you could add to the list instead.
What puts you in a state of awe, even just for a moment?

A moment of appreciation, astonishment, wow-ness.  If you can’t remember the last time you were Suddenly in Awe – wake up.  Tap into your senses, open your eyes, listen, smell, touch, taste – then try it again. Really look. Really listen. Really smell. Really feel. Really taste.

Awe is there, waiting to be discovered. Sometimes it’s obvious like the Sun Halo, but mostly it’s in a thousand little moments that will slip away unacknowledged as we stomp through our busy lives.

It’s summer – what a perfect time for discovering!

Being Suddenly in Awe, it’s just one more way to live Your Life, Unlimited.



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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