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Wednesday Wisdom: Kismet Business Connections

August 3, 2022

Wednesday Wisdom, Inspiration, Motivation for Women Entrepreneurs, Female Business Owners, Small Businesses

In early June, I had my last visit with a best friend who I met through Women TIES twelve years ago. She was just a woman entrepreneur whose name was repeated often to me. Although our paths hadn’t crossed, I asked her to be one of the speakers at my company’s annual “Inspiring Success: The Women TIES Retreat.” In only her positive way she replied, “I had a feeling I was supposed to speak in Skaneateles and here you are giving me the opportunity.”

Call it kismet, fate or destiny but that ask was the beginning of a unique and beautiful kinship that outgrew the traditional business sphere into deep friendship. She had something ethereal about her that drew me to her spirit. One day I requested she give me a special healing session in exchange for me giving her a marketing session. From those bonding experiences forward, we were part of each other’s lives in only the way that God plans.

Eight years after the Retreat speaking engagement, we met over lunch and discussed serious health issues facing both of us. Together we shared hope, compassion, and joyful solutions to our problems. Often, when I was anxious she would say to me, “Tracy, where is all that worrying getting you?” The answer was always the same, “No where, you are right!”

Never one to waiver in belief, she was certain of receiving a miracle to restore her to full health until yesterday. We often used our senses of humor to keep things light and upbeat while still diving deep into life’s issues. One day, she visited me poolside for some relaxation where I showed her my bald head emerging out of the water and asked her if I looked like a buoy. We laughed. What else can you do but choose joy and humor when all else is failing?

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is to remind you that you don’t know when a simple business networking event, client agreement, or first-time purchase will be the start of something beyond an average entrepreneurial meeting and blossom into a unique friendship. We aren’t looking for friends when we are selling or buying, but sometimes emotional connections last beyond transactions. Have you counted how many meaningful bonds have occurred through your own business connections?

My heart is both heavy and light for the beauty of a lasting friendship whose brilliant light enriched and encircled my life for more than a decade. So, today of all days, make sure you count your blessings for all the people who come in and out of your life and business. I, for one, am eternally grateful for her.

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