You Just Never Know

You’re one step away from a new friend.

On a recent vacation we took a bike tour and ended up paired with a couple from another country who of course were complete strangers to us.

We exchanges pleasantries. We peddled, we chatted, we stopped for lunch, we got married.

What? Wait? Back up? We got married?

Well actually – they got married and I married them. It was all very unexpected.

They had been engaged for 9 months with no plans to wed in the near future. They had been in love for over 20 years but circumstances being what they were they couldn’t be together.

Over lunch, I happened to mention that I could marry people. And later, as we strolled through the Tuscan vineyard, Israel turned to Maryalice and asked her if he would marry him right now.

Then he asked me if I would marry them right now.

She said yes and I said yes! Our tour guide was the maid of honor, my hubby was the best man and although it wasn’t legal, of course, I doubt I will witness a more beautiful, heartfelt wedding in my lifetime.

So impressed was our young tour guide, that he turned down the twenty dollar tip we offered him at the end of the day. Now I thought that said a lot!

One small group, that started the day as strangers and ended the day as family.

Life is beautiful and you are only one step, one peddle, one kind word away from making a new friend!

Listen and learn to this week’s CJOB Your Life, Unlimited podcast. Kelley Post author of Yes You Can talks about how to support other’s through there time of need and Helene Massicotte shares her passion for books and her quest to read 1000 books!

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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