Sometimes It Helps to Know a Big Fish

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 109-April 19 “A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back again when it begins to rain.”—Robert Frost Sometimes, when you’re a little fish, you can get what you need by enlisting the support and help of a big fish. After I graduated from college and got a job, I qualified to get my first credit card, a Bankamericard. (Those were the dark ages, before credit card companies found out how lucrative it was to give credit cards to students.) I used the card intermittently, and always made my payments on time. I had an excellent credit record. When I got married … [Read more...]

Clarity

103 - April 13 "I always wanted to be somebody. I can see now I should have been more specific."--Lily Tomlin Years ago, I heard this story: One hot summer's day, a man was driving a truck down the road with a load of penguins in the back. Suddenly, his truck broke down. He got out, looked under the hood, and saw that he could fix the problem but it was going to take several hours. He was very concerned about the penguins being in the sun that long. As he wondered what to do, he looked up and saw another truck coming down the road, and lo and behold--it was empty! Hopefully, he flagged down the other truck and explained his problem. He asked, "Could you please take these penguins to the zoo?" The other trucker agreed, loaded up … [Read more...]

Limited Thinking

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 101-April 11 “As you go through life, brother, whatever be your goal; keep your eye upon the doughnut and not on the hole.”—Sign at Pig ’N Whistle Coffee Shop Most people never even begin to achieve their goals. They defeat themselves before they start by listening to that inner voice that tells them they can’t do it. You have to learn to turn up the volume on the small inner voice that tells you that you’re worthy, you’re talented, and you can do anything you put your mind to. When I was struggling to get work as an actress, the endless auditions, rejections, and the talent and sheer numbers of the … [Read more...]

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 94-April 4 “I’d been busy, busy, so busy, preparing for life, while life floated by me, quiet and swift as a regatta.”—Lorene Cary We’re only in this life for a short time. And none of us knows just how brief it will be. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our busy panoply of obligations that we forget to live. I was working on the program committee of a women’s business organization with a woman named Joan. Joan, the Program Chair, had her own consulting business and worked hard, long hours. She was very responsible, did every task to perfection—and thus had trouble delegating work to others or … [Read more...]

Another Bad Habit Bites the Dust

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 91-April 1 “He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.”—Samuel Butler I was in the middle of a hand of poker, when the woman tapped me on the shoulder. “Your friend isn’t feeling well,” she said. “She’s sitting in the women’s room and wants to see you.” Concerned, I got up immediately and rushed to the women’s room. Shelley looked awful. She was pale and sagging in the chair. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “I have a burning sensation across my chest.” “Okay,” I said, “Let’s go.” I gathered up … [Read more...]