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    Dreams, Luck, and Diligence

    Posted on June 19th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    170-June 19

    “By the streets of ‘by and by’ one arrives at the house of ‘never.’”—Miguel de Cervantes

     

    Dreams and goals are not the same. Just thinking how nice it would be to have a bigger house, a new car, a business of your own, the relationship you’ve always wanted, a vacation in Europe, a diamond ring, or a vacation home, won’t get it for you. The dream is there to spur you to action. It is not action itself.

    Some people seem to think that good things happen to people through sheer luck. They think that other people in life are just luckier than they are—that they have these things through some unfair, lucky twist of fate. This belief disempowers them completely. Instead of putting some effort into achieving their dreams, they fantasize about winning the lottery, inheriting a fortune from a long-lost relative, or that someone will come along, see their potential, and shower them with gifts. Once in a blue moon, this actually happens to someone, and then all the dreamers use that as the shining example that their fantasies could come true. Never mind that the odds are fourteen million to one.

    When these odds beat them, they often turn resentful, and bemoan their fate, saying life isn’t fair. They start to hate the people who have the things they want. Resentment will get them nothing. It is a misuse of creative energy. It’s been said “resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

    (Continued on page 170 of The Wealthy Spirit. My publisher asked that the complete book should not be a permanent record on the internet, so some pages are not posted in their entirety on this blog.)

    Today’s Affirmation: “I walk, talk, look, act, think, and am rich!”

     

    I read biographies of successful people and watch TV biographical programs all the time. I especially love the parts of how they struggled in the beginning, when they were just one of the millions of unknowns struggling to make their mark.

    I used to think that famous celebrities were just so special that they were instantly recognized at their first audition, but that almost never happens! Most stars were relentlessly rejected at first. But they weren’t going to let a few failures or bruised egos or unopened doors stop them.

    Here’s a typical story from the days of early Hollywood:

    “In the blighted year of 1929, Broadway musical star Jeanette MacDonald, ‘That Girl with the Red-gold Hair and the Sea-green Eyes,’ made a screen test for Fox Film Corp. Her co-star for the test was Archie Leach, a member of the company performing “Boom-Boom,” the Shubert prodction in which MacDonald was appearing. The studio flunked both players, explaining, ‘We feel neither of these people has a screen personality.’ So much for Fox’s prescience. Archie Leach, transmogrified into Cary Grant, would soon make his mark at Paramount, and Jeanette MacDonald, the movie musical’s first superstar, would become, by the late 1930s, the darling of MGM and the top-grossing film actress in the world.”–from Hollywood Diva by Edward Baron Turk

    So don’t be dismayed by the nay-sayers strewn in your path. They are just obstacles on the road to your success. Climb over them, go under them, or go around them. They are training you to be creative and strong, and which are needed to maintain a career in the spotlight. So keep on going and prove them wrong!

    What was the worst review you ever got? And how did you prove them wrong?

    The Jost Vacano Lessons

    Posted on June 18th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    169-June 18

    “Getting there isn’t half the fun—it’s all the fun.”—Robert Townsend

     

    When I was working as a secretary in the motion picture industry, I became known in our office as the person who could locate people or things that no one else could find. These assignments were great fun—they were like detective work to me. But when I was given my first one: “Get me the home phone number of the cinematographer who shot Coal Miner’s Daughter,” my first thought was, “I don’t know who that is. And who would give me, a stranger, his home phone number anyway?” But the boss said “Do it!” so I picked up the phone and started calling people. This was how I learned what a magical instrument the telephone is.

    The first call I made was to the cinematographers union. They told me that the person I wanted was Jost Vacano, but they either didn’t have or wouldn’t give me his home number. I asked them who might have it, and they suggested the production company or his agent. When I called the production company, I spoke to three different people, none of whom had the information I sought. I asked each one, “If you don’t know, who do you think might know?”

    This, I discovered is a magic question. Invariably, everyone I asked had an idea or two of who might know the answer. Many times they even had their phone number and gave it to me. I kept notes of every suggestion and followed every possible lead.

    The search took two days, but eventually I got to the person who had the answer, and I delivered to my boss the home phone number of Jost Vacano—in Munich, Germany! After that, I got lots of these assignments.

    The Jost Vacano lessons are:
    1. When you don’t know something, call someone who might know.
    2. If they don’t know, ask them who they think might know.
    3. Keep lists of who might know.
    4. Remember that somewhere, someone knows—you just have to find them.
    5. Keep calling until you know.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I always say just the right thing that makes people happy to help me.”

    I’m glad I can now clear up a mistake in this page: Ralph D. Bode is actually the man who was the cinematographer on the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter. I got the movie wrong in my memory. My boss must have said, “Get me the home phone number of the cinematographer who shot Das Boot - that was Jost Vacano, and he was German, so that fits. The name of the person stuck in my head quite clearly, but I guess the name of the movie…not so much.

    This happened circa 1982, and the internet wasn’t even a gleam in Al Gore’s mind then. It’s funny to think that I spent two days trying to get this information. How easy it was for me to just google the question this morning! I love the internet. I love google. Every time I read a historical novel or see a movie based on real life, I go to the computer to read more about the times and people, just like I used to look things up in the World Book Encyclopedia. It’s a marvelous age we live in!

    Do you ever go “ego surfing”? That’s what I heard someone call plugging your name into a search bar to see how many web sites reference you. For business owners, this is a good thing to do occasionally, to see how your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is working. You want to check out what people are writing in their blogs about you, or read reviews they give your books on amazon or your company on yelp.

    I remember back in the day of the early internet having a mere 65 mentions. I had a small two-page web site and hadn’t written either of my books. Now that I’ve greatly expanded my web site and written books, it’s over 100,000. If you google “financial stress reduction®” which is my registered trademark, there are more than 3,000,000 items, and I’m listed as the first one, which I’m thrilled about. I googled “financial stress” which is more general and got 9,850,000 items and I’m listed second on page two. These are great results, so thanks and congratulations to my web team led by Ron Arciaga at Accent Digital!

    Brooke Harker’s cat on my book

    It’s also because I’ve been doing a lot of work getting the word out for many years. If you’re top-ranked in the search engines, it’s because you’ve been busy at internet marketing, writing articles, posting blogs, social networking, creating content for your own web site and others, and marketing and PR, too. Congratulate yourself for all you’ve done! If you’re new and only have 65 mentions like I did, congratulation yourself on beginning and know that more will come with time and effort.

    Good luck to you! May all your ships come in laden with treasure!

    Happiness

    Posted on June 17th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    168-June 17

    “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”—Guillaume Appollinaire

     

    Not everyone thinks life is about being happy. I do. And it is not a function of money. Studies have shown that beyond the subsistence level, more and more money does not equal more and more happiness. Happiness is a choice.

    Decide to be happy. Take joy in every pleasurable thing around you. Have lots of “I can hardly waits.” In my workshop, I ask everyone to play “The Glad Game;” to make a list of things they are grateful for. Most people write a few things easily, then stop to think. One woman, Lee Killian, wrote furiously for the entire time we did this exercise and completely covered her page with notes. Everyone knew Lee was a happy person—she always had a bright smile that lit up the room. You always looked forward to seeing her, because you knew her happy energy would lift you up. I asked her for a copy of her list, which included: “Me, my health, my kids, my mom, friends, home, car, movies, music, dancing, beach, trees, animals, desert, snow, rain, sun, sleep time, telephones, dry cleaners, perm-a-press, pens, coffee, rainbows…” I know this list was endless.

    Then I was given a book called 14,000 Things To Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer. This woman had started making lists when she was in the sixth grade of all the things she enjoyed in life. It’s a great spirit-lifter! I love to just pick up the book and flip through pages at random. It always makes me smile. Here are a few samples: “steel drums, jazz dances, leaves in great golden drifts as crisp as beaten gold foil, flaky-crust meat loaf, hot chocolate at an outdoor café, herb roasted chicken (a lot of her choices are food), a scarecrow that does not work, blue topaz, at a 6 A.M. breakfast watching the sky perform, thirsty children kissing water from a fountain, beaver lodges, albino watermelon seeds, diamond mines, a thermos lunch, singing along to the movie Carousel, dark blue Indian cotton, apricot butterfly rolls, consuming M&Ms by color groups, being motioned to come sit by someone, the meaning of a bird’s song, Sunday papers, a riot of colors…” When was the last time you gave attention to things like that?

    In their book, The 500-Year Delta, Watts Wacker and Jim Taylor give business prophesies for the future. They state that “What society has always treasured is what is scarce…Satisfaction and domestic contentment have rarity, and rarity, as always, has the greatest value…If you want status, walk into a room and announce that, amidst the ambient chaos of our times, you’re a happy person.” One of my favorite compliments was given to me in class one day: “Chellie, you’d have fun in a paper bag all by yourself.” Yes!

    Live your life today so that, if someone said that to you, it would be true.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I enjoy life and everyone around me enjoys me enjoying life!”

     

    The World Series of Poker is currently being held at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. There are 50+ events, culminating in the Main Event beginning July 7th. I’ll be going to play in the Ladies Event on June 29th. It is a joy to meet up with the other women poker players from all over the world once a year for brunches, tournaments, and parties!

    Before I join in all the World Series happenings, I follow along online at their web site at www.wsop.com and cheer the various winners. Here is a wonderful report of one of last year’s gold bracelet winners by Nolan Dala that I thought was so clever I had to share it:

    Help Wanted

    The 2011 World Series of Poker is currently offering temporary positions for poker players. Players may earn up to $18,385 per hour. Applicants must be willing to work up to 12 hours per day. No experience is necessary.

    Today, one additional player was hired. His name was Foster Hays from Dallas, TX

    Hays would be the first to admit that he didn’t have much of an employment resume. He had never done this kind of work before. For instance, Hays had absolutely no previous WSOP experience. Nevertheless, he managed to be a quick learner on the joy. Hays’ primary duties and responsibilities included sitting around a series of poker tables and playing cards the entire time.

    Hays worked just four days at the Rio Las Vegas, assigned to a specific poker tournament designated as the $1,500 buy-in-No-Limit-Hold’em Championship. He put in 40 total hours. He s granted several breaks, including one hour each day for dinner. He was able to wear shorts, a sweatshirt, and flip flops to work. He even got to sleep until noon during each of the four days he was employed.

    Hays collected a nice-sized paycheck totaling $735,400. His salary was calculated based on working three 12-hour shifts, plus one 4-hour shift on his final day. His e0 combined hours amounted to a net income of $18,385 per hour. Hays was even permitted to bring along many of his friends to work on his final day. The friends spent most of their time at Hays’ place of employment shouting encouragement, celebrating exciting hands and drinking beer.

    Interested players are encouraged to show up at the Rio, and apply. There were 58 positions available this summer – 19 of which have already been filled. That leaves 39 positions still open. Applications are being taken now through July 19th.

    For the complete story and more, visit www.wsop.com.

    I Can Hardly Waits

    Posted on June 16th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    167-June 16

    “A three-year-old is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.”—Bill Vaughn

    Children always seem to be excited about something. They have an abundance of energy and enthusiasm, looking forward to the opportunity for fun. Their lives are filled with what I heard speaker Dave Grant thirty years ago call “I can hardly waits!” “I can hardly wait until Saturday and the baseball game,” “I can hardly wait until my birthday party next week,” “I can hardly wait until school’s out,” “I can hardly wait until Christmas.” Their eyes sparkle, they grin, they vibrate with the vision of the fun they’re going to have.

    Adults, meanwhile, have “I can hardly stand its.” “I can hardly stand how commercial Christmas has gotten,” “I can hardly stand the traffic on the freeway,” “I can hardly stand the taxes I have to pay,” “I can hardly stand my boss, mother-in-law, co-worker, spouse….” Some people can be relied upon to complain the moment you see them. I call them the “Ain’t It Awful People.” You don’t dare ask how they’re doing—they’ll tell you. “Oh, I’m so tired, I’m working so hard…,” “I just lost a lot of money in the stock market…,” “My doctor says I have to have tests for this chronic pain….” They immediately put a damper on every conversation. It takes a lot of energy to remain centered in a positive, happy frame of mind when you’re with them.

    Stop that! No complaints! Find something to look forward to with joy and focus on that. Schedule a day off, a vacation, or a party to put fun in your life. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Make up your mind to be happy. Plan events to look forward to. My friend Barbara, who “can hardly wait” until her vacation each year said the worst thing about it is coming back because then she doesn’t have it to look forward to anymore. Excited anticipation is a blissful state of being, and she loves imagining the fun she’s going to have. So the first thing she does when she gets home is call her travel agent and get more brochures so she can pick out her next vacation!

    What are the “I can hardly waits” you’re looking forward to? Make a list, then pick one to be especially excited about today. Say, “I can hardly wait until ____” three times, jumping up and down and laughing! (If this feels silly to you, watch out! You’re in danger of getting old. Not mature. Not grown-up. Old.)

    Today’s Affirmation: “I can hardly wait until _____________!”

     

    A wonderful coach and Facebook friend, Therese Skelly, once posed this question:

    “How do you know what you know? Is it easy for you to claim expert status and what have you done to really anchor in your knowledge?”

    Paul Zelizer responded: “One of the ways I tap into the full power of my knowledge is through relationship. For instance, social media allows me to be in touch with some of the smartest conscious business people o the planet. Listening and participating to these kinds of conversations on a daily basis has rocketed my confidence in terms of being an ‘expert’.”

    Mary Cravets said “I usually stumble upon what I know by accident! I’ll be sharing with clients, and when they say ‘How do you DO that?’ and I I can think is that it’s easy…that’s how I get the ‘a-ha’ realization moment!”

    I answered that I have started calling myself a “financial intuitive”. I don’t even know where my expertise comes from anymore, I just trust that it does. So much of what I do is beyond just adding dollars and sense (pun intended) but accessing intuitively where people are blocked in relationship to prosperity in all things, not just financially. Yes, I owned a bookkeeping service with 13 employees for 12 years, and yes, I’ve taught my Financial Stress Reduction Workshops for over 20 years, and that time invested in working with my subject matter is invaluable. But more than that, putting in all that time means that I’ve had many opportunities to listen, learn, and trust myself to help people, and collect evidence that I have. That experience has helped me to reach a deeper level of my ability to serve, and I revel in it.

    Winning

    Posted on June 15th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    166-June 15

    “If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.”—Unknown

     

    I told the class to remember a time when they were winning: they won the race at the track meet, won the football game, got the part they wanted in the play, got the job or promotion, won the award, got the acknowledgment. When I asked them to tell their stories, they beamed and their faces glowed. On the white board, I started to list the emotions and feelings they remembered experiencing while winning:

    Excited
    Special
    Lucky
    Enthusiastic
    Energized
    Fun
    Ecstatic
    Happy
    Confident
    Powerful


    They were thoughtful, tentative and reflective as they mentioned these feelings. Then I asked them to think about the challenges they faced, the breakdowns and roadblocks they were experiencing on their road to success. They fired out the following in rapid succession, sometimes two or three speaking at once:

    Depression
    Fear
    Why try
    Worry
    Helpless
    Insecurity
    Doubt
    Trouble
    Panic
    Illness

    It was amazing how quickly they came up with the second list. Those words and feelings just flowed out. I had to drag the other adjectives out of the group, we had to work really hard to come up with them—it was like pulling teeth! Unfortunately, most people are more comfortable with the negative voice. Their thoughts go there really easily. It’s more familiar. It’s like a rut in a road.

    Use your affirmations to create a new rut—a rut of positive thinking! With practice, your thoughts will move to the positive automatically instead of to the negative. The negative voice will get quieter and quieter. You’ll find you go whole days without one thought of lack, limitation, or scarcity. Instead, abundance, prosperity, happiness and wealth will pervade your consciousness. You control your thoughts. Which rut in the road do you want to go down?

    Today’s Affirmation: “Winning is my natural habit. I win everywhere I go!”

     

    I’ve been practicing positive thinking for many years now. At first it was just a belief in the idea that positive thinking works. I didn’t monitor my thoughts to see what I was really thinking and I didn’t school myself to avoid negative input and actively seek positive input. Later on, when I figured out that I was thinking all the time and that my thoughts directed my actions and my actions determined my results, I started actively practicing affirmations. But it was hit or miss for a long time; when some problem arose, I’d be controlled by that outer circumstance and go down the negative track again. As time went on, I became more consistent in my practice, got better results in my life, which encouraged me to even better consistency.

    Now it is such an ingrained habit that I can’t NOT do my affirmations. I do them in the shower and while driving. When I snap my seat belt, the affirmations start running in my head and I start speaking them and feeling the good feelings associated with them.


    But there is always more to learn. I listen to my clients and they come up with great affirmations all the time. Here are some by Janet Cargill of www.jcargillimage.com:

    My newsletters are ships I send out that will bring me the perfect number of client appointments to reach my financial goals. My readers are eager to open them when they arrive and eager to sign up for my fabulous offerings.

    and

    My appointment book is filled with the perfect number of qualified clients who are happy to pay me my perfect fee for my exceptional services.

    Love those! Thanks, Janet!

    Motivation

    Posted on June 14th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    165-June 14

    “There is only one way to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.”—Dale Carnegie

     

    Psych 101—guinea pig class. It was a general education requirement when I was in college. In this basic psychology class, you were required to participate in an experiment—you had to be an involuntary guinea pig for one of the graduate student’s experiments.

    The day of my experiment dawned and I sashayed down to the psych building, planning to get out of there as soon as possible, so I could go to the party on the beach. I sat down in the lab and the young man running the test explained it to me: He would show me a series of two words side by side. Then he would show me only the first word and ask me to remember the second word. “Okay, let’s go,” I said, and ho-hummed my way through the list, thinking more about the beach party than his silly word list. When we were finished, I started to get up and go, but the grad student said, “Wait, we’re not done. Now we’re going to do the same exercise again, but this time I’m going to give you a quarter for every pair you remember.”

    Now, my college days were long ago, and a quarter was real money. I perked up immediately! When he ran the pairs of words to remember, I concentrated on them. All thoughts of partying on the beach fled from my mind—I was totally focused on the task at hand, because I had a reason to be. I left the lab with seven dollars and fifty cents jingling in my pocket—about what I spent on food for a week.

    (continued on page 165 of The Wealthy Spirit)

    Today’s Affirmation: “I am praised and acknowledged for everything I do.”
    I subscribe to some PR lists and responded to a reporter’s request for experts to quote on AOL’s financial blog WalletPop on how to pay off credit card debt. Here are my tips:

    1. List all the credit cards in order of interest rate, the highest one first. That’s the one you want to pay off first.
    2. If you have one or two credit cards that have balances that are much smaller than the others, move them to the top of the list. You’ll pay them off first and you’ll feel successful that you accomplished this goal, and that helps spur you on to pay off the next one.
    3. Pay more money to the first one on the list – I suggest double whatever you’re paying on the others. This will accelerate this one getting paid off and you’ll see it happening faster. Focus on the good feeling you get as you see that happening each month.
    4. Write “Thank you” on every check. Be in gratitude that you were loaned money in the first place (some people were denied) and be happy that you can make a payment (some people can’t).
    5. Stop thinking badly of yourself for being in debt. You’re a smart money manager who borrowed some money once and s responsible and paying it back now.
    6. Only think about debts on bill-paying day. Every other day focus on how to make more money!
    7. Celebrate every time you finish paying your bills – give yourself a reward for being a good money manager! (A little reward – not something you use a credit card to buy)

    I was delighted when I received his reply:
    Hi, Chellie,

    Thanks for your email yesterday. I was kind of bombarded with replies yesterday and wound up with more experts than I needed… but your advice in the email is good, and I thought, “Boy, I hate to not use this.” So I wound up just now, pulling a quote from your list, attributing it to you, of course, and I’ve put a link to your web site in my story.

    Geoff Williams

    Well, that certainly made my day! It’s always a pleasure when one of the ships you send out comes back and unloads treasure on your dock. Hope you get lots of ships in today, dolphins!

    The Wonderful Trip

    Posted on June 13th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    164-June 13

    “When Goliath came against the Israelites, the soldiers all thought, ‘He’s so big we can never kill him.’ But David looked at the same giant and thought, ‘He’s so big, I can’t miss.’”—Ode to Joy (Society of Paul)

     

    My friend, Paris Salido, a terrific masseuse, wanted to go on a vacation to Australia, yet had other budget priorities for her money. Being a graduate of the Financial Stress Reduction Workshop, she knew the importance and power of affirmations, so she invented one for vacation purposes: “I now receive free first-class travel and accommodations all around the world.” (She told me that it is important when saying this out loud to move your arm in a circle three times with “all around the world.”)

    Four months later, she was talking with a friend of hers in the travel industry—someone with a large family who always had plenty of relatives to whom to give any travel vouchers or discounts. She had never given Paris anything before. But this particular day, she said to Paris, “We’ve been friends a long time and I want to give you this voucher for a free airplane ticket anywhere in the world!”

    (continued on page 164 of The Wealthy Spirit)

    Today’s Affirmation: “I now receive free first-class travel and accommodations all around the world!”

     

    In “Money and the Law of Attraction”, Abraham Hicks mentions that you should wake up every morning and luxuriate in bed before you get up, telling yourself how warm and good you feel. Part of attracting the experiences you want is relishing your good when you have it and staying with that energy. One of my favorite all-time quotes of theirs is this:

    “The Universe is responding to you in your NOW. So whatever you’re feeling right NOW means that is what you are sending out vibrationally right NOW, which means that is what you are attracting to yourself right NOW, which means your future is FULL of a bunch of stuff that is gonna feel pretty much like right NOW feels.”

    I put this into practice one day after my birthday, and I had received so many lovely notes from my Facebook friends, I wanted to take the time to read through them. I heard from past clients and long-missed friends, and dolphins everywhere. Many of them mentioned that they were still doing their affirmations and reading “The Wealthy Spirit” every day.

    After I read a few of these special notes, I started to really take them in and feel the love they expressed. I wanted to write back, but there were so many of them! But just posting a group thank you on my wall wasn’t enough. I made the decision to devote the time to write a response to each person, and I did. It took me over two hours, but the entire time I felt loved and appreciated. I sat here at my computer with a wonderful smile on my face. I feel good and am smiling right now just thinking about it.

    And when I played poker that night, I won another jackpot…and another one the following day! That makes three jackpots in one week, which must be something of a record, I imagine. Everyone asked, “How did you get so lucky?”

    You know how. Keep reading and practicing your affirmations, feel joy and love in everything you do, know that you’re already lucky just being on the planet. Little problems and setbacks are just contrasts to show you what you really want – don’t dwell on them or you’ll get more of them. Focus on what you want, instead of what you don’t want. Then send out your ships. Believing is seeing.

    Little Acorn and the Old Ones

    Posted on June 12th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    163-June 12

    “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open.”—Arnold H. Glasgow

     

    “How come I’m not taller?” cried Little Acorn. “I want to stand tall and straight and reach the skies. Like you!”

    “Wait,” whispered the Old Ones, leaning down from their great height. The winds sighed through their rustling leaves.

    “But I want to be big now. I shouldn’t have to be little like this. This is no fun!”

    The elder trees stood stoically, stretching their long limbs to the skies. “Wait.”

    “It’s not fair! How come you get to be so tall, while I’m stuck here on the ground? I’m just as good as you. I should at least have some roots and some limbs!”

    “Wait.”

    Frustrated and uncomprehending, Little Acorn cried and complained into the long night.

    Years passed, and Little Acorn grew. His roots took hold of the rich earth, sending long shoots deep into the rich soil. He quenched his thirst in the rain. His limbs lengthened and strengthened in the sunlight. The sap ran strong beneath his bark.

    Still Little Acorn was not satisfied. “But I still can’t reach as high as you!” he whined. “You’re at the top of life and I’m stuck here in the middle. Why can’t I be as tall as you?”

    The Old Ones nodded in the breeze and their voices sighed softly on the wind, “Wait.”

    Many suns and moons moved across the skies and the eons passed. And one day Little Acorn realized he was the tallest tree in the forest. His life-long dream had come to pass. The birds sang in the sunlight in his topmost boughs. Children played beneath his feet. He could see for miles around and stood proudly with his comrades. Now he, too, was one of the Old Ones.

    His joy was complete.

    Then he heard a small voice crying on the ground. He leaned down to see who was weeping so piteously. It was his child, Tiny Acorn.

    “How come I’m not taller?” cried Tiny Acorn. “I want to stand tall and straight and reach the skies. Like you!”

    With an ache in his soul and the wisdom of the ages in his kindly voice, he whispered, “Wait.”

    Today’s Affirmation: “I have abundant faith and trust that all my good is on its way to me now.”

     

    This story is precious to me. I don’t know where it came from. Out of hours and hours of writing pages and pages of this book, flashes came from an unknown source and grew in my mind. I just wrote them down.

    Buddha by Gayle Etcheverry

    Macolm Gladwell, in his book “Outliers”, says that it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours to achieve mastery. Maybe somewhere in the writing of this book, I hit 10,000 hours of writing and stories like this started to appear. As we grow older, we have better mastery of life, too, because we’ve put in the time. Problems that once looked so large fade – we’ve encountered them and survived them before. We know all we have to do is wait it out, and better days will come behind this one. You’ll be taller soon enough. You’ll be wiser soon enough.

    Wait for it.

    Truce

    Posted on June 11th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    162-June 11

    “Every time one laughs a nail is removed from one’s coffin.”—Honduran Proverb

     

    Perky Lindsey wasn’t her usual bubbly self at the family dinner.

    “How is your term paper coming along?” her mother, Jane, asked sympathetically.

    “Oh, it’s really hard!” Lindsey exclaimed. She looked like it was hard too, poor haggard dear. A sophomore a UCLA, she was embroiled in all the challenges of academic diligence sandwiched between sorority parties, dances, and general fun.

    Her older sister, Marissa, had just graduated from UCLA and was happily at work as Strategic Sales Coordinator at a sports radio station. Although she clucked her sympathy, you could tell she was feeling a bit smug.

    Picking up on this energy, Mama Jane decided to have a little fun. She turned to Marissa and asked, “How many papers are you working on, Marissa?”
    “None!” she replied gleefully.

    “And how many finals are you studying for?”

    “None!”

    “How many units are you carrying?”

    “None!”

    Everyone laughed at this exchange, except Lindsey, who looked quite put upon. She struck back immediately: “How many hours are you working, Marisa?” she asked sweetly. Gotcha! we chorused; we all knew Marissa was working a lot of overtime in her new job.

    Katie, me, Lindsey, Jane, Kara, Marissa, Maxine, Carole

    Not to be outdone, Marissa shot back, “How much money are you making, Lindsey?” Oohh, good answer, good answer the family nodded.

    “I don’t need to make any money! Mom and Dad are paying for everything,” smiled Lindsey.

    Zing! The joke had rebounded back on the one who started it. “Ouch!” Mama Jane winced ruefully. We all dissolved in laughter at the good-natured repartee.

    Touché, touché for both girls. Life passages have their upsides and their downsides. Dance gloriously then pay the band. Enjoy each passage with humor and grace.

    Truce.

    Today’s Affirmation: “I love my life and all its rich rewards!”

    I have truly been blessed in this life by my wonderful family. We get together all the time, and every gathering is full of joy and laughter!  We always celebrate familyJune birthdays together (my sister Jane was born on the same day as I was three years later and we celebrate Carole’s with ours since she was born on Christmas Day). Delightful! Once someone asked me if I wasn’t unhappy that I didn’t have my very own birthday to celebrate, and I looked at her in surprise. It had never occurred to me. I always relished our mini-Christmas half-way through the year. Group celebrations are so much fun!

    When I was growing up, watching “Leave it to Beaver”, “Father Knows Best”, “The Donna Reed Show”, “Ozzie and Harriet” and other family sitcoms of that ilk, they so completely mirrored my family life, I thought everyone’s family was like that.

    It wasn’t until I went away to college that I realized that not everyone loved their parents, not everyone’s parents were wonderful, and not everyone lived on a street full of families that were just like mine. As I grow older and know more of the world and it’s traumas, angers, and disappointments, my sense of grateful blessing deepens. Because I know this safe harbor of my dolphin family has enabled me to grow and jump for the stars and surround myself with other like-minded dolphins in my growing family of choice on this planet.

    Whether it is your family of origin or your family of choice that nurtures and supports you, bless them and love them every day.

    Living in the Present

    Posted on June 10th, 2012 in The Wealthy Spirit by chellie

    Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

    161-June 10

    “Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”–Unknown

     

    We all want wealth in our work, serenity in our spirit, and a balance between the two. Balance seems to be the most elusive quality. We try to do too much. Perhaps it is because there is so much possible. Our unlimited choices of where to go, what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and who to see, have us stretched and stressed. We want to do it all and we want to do it perfectly. “If only I had spent more time with my children!” we cry. Then in the next breath, “If only I had spent more time on my work!” How can we win when every choice we make produces guilt over the choice we didn’t make?

    It would help if theatres and restaurants would check all cell-phones and pagers at the door, like they used to check guns in the Old West. Then we would be unavailable. Uninterruptible. Not answerable to anyone or any piece of technology. Then we might relax and enjoy the experience we were having—while we were having it. There are very few conversations in the world that can’t wait two hours. Have a conversation with the person you’re with. That’s why you’re with them and not on the phone. It’s rude to try to do both at the same time.

    Let go of the habit of guilt, of “if onlys” and “what ifs.” Let go of the habit of looking at what you’re not doing instead of what you are doing. “Be here now,” Baba Ram Dass said in the ‘60s. It still works. Make the best choice you can each moment. Have confidence in your ability to choose. Then be in the present choice. Live fully in the present moment. Happily. Joyfully.

    Today’s Affirmation: “Every choice I make is the right choice!”

    After Sony’s Columbia Records label cancelled her, Alicia Keys sold 5.5 million copies of her next album for their competitor and won five Grammys. Ashanti was fired by Epic Records and came back to sell 3.3 million copies of her debut album for a rival. Alanis Morrisette was turned down by record company after record company, until Maverick took her on and her debut album Jagged Little Pill sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Bonnie Raitt shot to the top of the charts with two back-to-back albums on Capitol Records that spawned hit singles and won three Grammys apiece—right after her prior record company fired her.

    Losing fires up winners. Their response when someone tells them they aren’t good enough, they can’t do it, or they’re a loser, is “Oh, yeah? Watch this!” They use the rejection as an energetic launching pad to redouble their efforts, sharpen their creativity, and prove the naysayers wrong.

    So how many times have you tried to achieve your goal? Who among the people you know have tried something 9,999 times without getting results and still kept on trying? What does it take to keep on keeping on? How strong is your vision? How strong is your belief in yourself?

    It is, in the end, a self-esteem issue. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. You have to believe in yourself, or no one else is going to. It helps to bolster your belief when you have a lot of Dolphins swimming in your pod. Dolphins who will sing to you, “You can do it! You can do anything you put your mind to! We love you! We believe in you!” But then it’s up to you to believe what they are telling you. If your pod thinks you are fabulous, you are. If your pod thinks you should go for it, you should. If your pod is full of naysayers—look for a new pod.

    And if you have no one else, you have me. I am telling you, you can do it! You wouldn’t have gotten this far in reading this blog if that weren’t true. Are you ready to believe?

    There is always another chance for you, just as often as there is another day.