We Are All Connected
by Tekelia C. Kelly
Tekelia C. Kelly at site of
previous "Twin Towers", New York, NY copyright 2002.
"No life is ever lost in vain,
when in your heart that life remains."
Quote by Tekelia C. Kelly, September
11, 2006 (Birthday: September 11)
Work on this issue of the Sisters In Business Online Newsletter
began the morning of Friday, September 8.
When I realized the date this issue would have, I stopped. September 11 is so significant to me--for two
very interrelated reasons. One is known globally by probably all the world. On this day a very
heartwrenching and disturbing act took place in our country. So many
precious, innocent lives in the New York Trade Center, the Pentagon in
Washington, DC and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania lost their lives. There were
also many brave individuals who rushed to save and help others, and some of
those who also lost their lives or suffer illness today.
The unfathomable loss and impact on each individual family
sobered our country, as
we saw and heard the individual accounts of this tragedy take place. The
fact that this kind of act could happen was shocking enough, but that it
happened on our soil with so many American lives lost was crushing and
debilitating. I recall a news reporter's comments in his
attempt to help us realize the devastation of that day, and grasp the 'number'
of people lost, by saying we should think of it as one person--killed that
number of times.
We are all so connected. No
matter how "pollyanna" that may sound, uninteresting that may be, or
trivial when compared to the order-of-the-day topics in our society, it is still
so very true. I'm reminded of a quote I learned many, many years ago that says,
"That which is most personal, is most universal."
Consider this: You are traveling in
your car...going to work, grocery store, vacation, spa, pick up kids, see the
doctor, meet a date for dinner, etc; and you get on the Interstate only to find
that someone has, let's just say, run out of gas in the middle of
the Interstate. You now must slow up and wait your turn to pass. Your
life's schedule has been altered, and depending upon where you are in traffic, and/or how long it takes to fix the
could find yourself waiting for a long time. Though this may not be the most
inspirational example of the power of one, it is still yet, "the power of one".
Another story that comes to mind
is one you may have heard, as it is often shared: There were a multitude
of starfish that had washed up on a beach as far as the eye could see. A, man,
out of compassion for the starfish made an effort to help save them by throwing
the starfish back into the ocean one starfish at a time. A person observed
him and approached him saying "What
are you doing? There are so many of these starfish all lined up and down
this beach that you can't get to them all. What difference will it make?" The man replied, it will make a
difference to those that got thrown back in the water. The power of one
is an extremely powerful thing!
I am one who happened to be
born on September 11. And that is the second reason why September 11 is so
significant to me. I personally now hold this day as a special '911' call
to help. I will forever
have a special link to this world on this day. And with every day, I
purpose to make
a positive impact on the world in which I live. With each passing birthday, I
realize more and more how fulfilling it is to try to embrace life and the people in it. I
have learned how valuable relationships with people are, and how much we all
need each other.
This revelation is not sometimes as readily
seen and appreciated in a society of individuality and personal quests for success. We
are conditioned to have ambition and drive to boot, along with personal aspirations, and personal achievements,
personal agendas. We are encouraged to make
our mark on life, and be the best, want the best, and look the best we can.
And all of things are fine and have
there place, when balanced. But at the end of the day when the brains,
beauty, and bucks have "been there, done that", it
is our relationship with our Creator and people that truly makes the difference in
You are one powerful individual, with
a life for investment. Get additional dividends out of your life as you also deposit
into others. Whatever you can do to make a positive difference in this
world--do that! Your return on investment will be rewarding, and far reaching.
For, in the very wise words taken from of a song in Disney's movie Pochohantas,
"...we are all connected to each other, in a circle, in a hoop that never ends."
Tekelia C. Kelly, Founder/Owner
Tekelia C. Kelly Enterprises, LLC (SIB & FYI)
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at the Holiday Inn Choo Choo Imperial Ballroom on November 4th, 2006.
We have vendors from Knoxville, Louisville, Nashville, and Chattanooga,
TN to include:
& BUSINESS EXPO EXHIBITORS AS OF 9/8/06
Inner Glow Aesthetician Skin Care Services . Avon Fashions &
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Tasteful Creations by Tammie (custom made to order jewelry)
. Cello In a Box . Once Upon A Family Cookie Lee
Jewelry . Mary Kay Cosmetics . Ferlencia’s
Floral Design . Undercoverwear Fine Ladies Lingerie . Warm
Spirit Body Products . Azianna Gabrielle
Fashions . Merrill Lynch Financial Investments .
Scenic City Women’s Network Woman’s Way .
Hummingbird Cottage . Chattanooga Christian Family Magazine .
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SPECIALS FOR THE
MONTH OF AUGUST ASSTD. MIXED DISH GARDENS 8" ASSORTED CONTAINERS
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through September. Visit your "sister in business" Mrs. Mary
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DBE TN CONTRACTS FOR WOMEN BUSINESS
OWNERS. (Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise)
Diversity Business Marketplace 2006, a Procurement Conference is
scheduled for September 21, 2006. For more information please contact
Chattanooga African American Chamber 535 Chestnut Street Suite 200, 423-265-0021.
Girls Inc. Job Openings
Girls Inc. is expanding their
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openings. They are actively recruiting full and part time staff who
embrace our vision of better outcomes for girls in our community and share
in our passion for inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.
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in Women's Health Issues, including New Vaccine for Cervical Cancer".
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The Tallan Cellar in the Tallan Building
Downtown, located at 2 Union Square Tallan Building
Chattanooga, TN 37402. Phone:, (423) 648-0880.
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Business Holiday Shopping Showcase & Business Expo 2006
has allotted a limited number of tables for young folk (15-21) who
may wish to do business and showcase their talent and skills. Do you know
a young person who has marketable skills? Do they show the potential
of being in a junior business? Maybe they
are good at word processing, or other office applications, provide computer
training or computer technical support, can sing, dance, or do
dramatizations for special occasions, create dynamic drawings and
wonderful paintings, knit or crochet beautiful blankets, braid hair, has
baby sitting service, write story/poetry books, or tutor children.
Maybe you, or someone you know, could help
sponsor such a youth on this day. Why not help some young person develop
their talents and abilities and show them how their skills are a
marketable resource that could help sustain and financially support them
in life if/when needed. Get their business
plan, display, and business cards ready, and coach them that day as they
explore the world of entrepreneurship and business commerce.
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Story submitted by: Tekelia C. Kelly
I read a
passage sent to me by a dear sister entitled TGIF: God's Recruitment
Strategy for Leaders.
TGIF stands for
"Today God Is First".
I wrote back in an email the following.
to read TGIF passage.)
Wow! This passage truly “hits the nail on the head” with what we were
talking about this morning, doesn’t it? This encourages my heart and
“refuels” my strength.
is so like our God to intercede and make “on-time” contact with us via
messages like below. When God-cidents like this happen I am reminded of
his Word that says, “He’s intimately acquainted with all my ways” (Ps.
139:1-16), and that “He will guide me with His eye upon me. (Ps. 32:.8).
As I have heard it also described once by someone, God has just “winked”
at us! This passage is like an affirmation--as though He heard and felt
everything we shared this morning--and He did!
I had been praying about my "feeling" so distraught about situations, yet
knowing I must persevere because I had been in this kind of place many
times before; ONLY to see ‘God’s Hand’ and His Faithfulness time and time
again. But as I said on the phone, it seems the trials are getting harder
and longer to stay in. And that’s because the roots are going down deeper
--in Him-- each time.
Thank you so much for sharing, Dear Sister!
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in business", and even the boys and men in our community.) Send your
(Stories are in the queue. Stay tuned.)
SCWN'S 2nd ANNUAL PRAYER WALK COULD
Saturday, September 16 -- 8:30 a.m. -12 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
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Light Breakfast Provided
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The 24th Annual
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