From Isolation to Determination

Human life is multi-dimensional. One way for people to evaluate their life and evolve is to explore the Five Dimensions. Imagine the Five Dimensions as a tire or wheel. The size and maturity of each dimension will determine the balance of your life. The more balance, the smoother your life will roll.


When a person has all Five Dimensions of human development integrally woven together, they have an ability to live a high quality life.  Holistic capital development happens when each area is dependent on the other for growth, balance, and support.

How do the Five Dimensions play a part of my own transformation?

When I ask myself that question, I smile every time. When I think of each dimension, (Spiritual, Relational, Intellectual, Financial, and Physical) I say which one do I need most? The answer is— ALL of them. Which one is my foundation? Spiritual. Which one am I most likely lacking? Physical…Why? Because I don’t often take the time to take care of myself like I should. I’m busy doing the job of a servant leader, in which I love.

Before I even knew I wanted to be an advocate in my community, a series of unfortunate events led me on a path of depression and isolation. There, I had come to the realization that I was not just in economic poverty, but in mental poverty as well.  Once I allowed myself to be open minded, I became serious about changing my situation. But not just my own situation. I wanted to change my family, my friends, and those who I met on the streets—become radical. I wanted to help change the mindsets and stereotypes about all kinds of poverty. I wanted to make sure people understood poverty isn’t just about finances, its far more complex.

I started off with little relational capital because I was afraid of people who were not like me, or who I thought would not understand where I wanted to go in life. I quickly realized that we are all the same in some way. That we all share a story and that most of us just want to learn from one another.  I allowed my circle to grow, my intellect to be nurtured, and I started to break free from the strongholds of generational poverty. Things just didn’t look the same, and that was a good thing.

Each of these Five Dimensions are important in my life and has helped me transform into who I am today. My spiritual relationship with God helps direct my path. The important relationships that I have built over the years, which include mentors and friendships of people with diverse backgrounds, has helped me on my journey out of poverty.

Today, I am in a place of growth, where I can share my story with others, a story of transformation -from isolation to determination. I am determined to let my voice be heard, a voice that was almost swallowed up by the giant called disconnection to life or isolation from opportunity.

Today, I know poverty is more complex. There are more facets to poverty than just finances. Today, I help others explore the Five Dimensions to break free from poverty. Spiritual Poverty, Relational Poverty, Intellectual Poverty, Financial Poverty, and Physical Poverty.

Christina Tellis

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  1. You are truly an inspiration to me and I know you are an inspiration to many, many others. Thank you for always sharing your life with your community.


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