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

250-September 7

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”—Chief Seattle

I stood in the aircraft hanger with my family, looking at the half-built shell of the space shuttle. It was “Family Day” at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale for employees of Rockwell International. On this day, we were allowed to climb around, over, up, under, and through the shuttle and its amazing technological support systems. We saw the intricacies of the spacecraft; we gazed in amazement at roomfuls of computer networks, electronic hardware, work stations, and raw materials. Children and adults covered the hangar like ants on honey; touching, feeling, grasping to wrap their minds and arms around the immensity of this project.

I paused in the middle of the hubbub and turned to my father, who had helped design the shuttle’s navigational systems.

“How many people does it take to build a space shuttle?” I asked.

“About four thousand,” he answered.

“And how many people does it take to get the shuttle up and flying around the Earth?”

“About four hundred fifty thousand.”

Ah. I let my breath out slowly, standing reverently in this truth, and thought how much like the ants we really are. One ant cannot survive alone. One person cannot put up a space shuttle. One person can paddle a canoe, but it takes a crew to sail a cruise ship. We need teams.

And we have them. Your teams are all around you.

Some teams are formalized. Corporations are teams. Communities, cities, political parties, charities—all are teams. Networking groups exist to help each other by giving referrals. When you’re on the team, it’s just as much fun to give your teammate a great business lead as it is to get one yourself.

But your informal team is all around you, every day. Your family of birth and your family of choice: friends, co-workers, golf-buddies, hairdresser, friends on the web. The person standing behind you at the grocery store could need your services or know someone who does. I’ve made connections at the gas station, at the post office, on the ski lifts.

My friend, Victoria Loveland-Coen, author of Manifesting Your Desires, wrote a wonderful new book on baby bonding. Victoria wanted to connect with Rosie O’Donnell, who is well-known as a children’s advocate. She immediately put the word out to all her teams. I didn’t think I could help her until one evening when I overheard a fellow poker-player mention her “good friend” Rosie. My ears perked up immediately. “You know Rosie O’Donnell?” I asked. “For years!” she said. The connection was made.

You have but to ask and the support of a team is yours. Some you pay in dollars and some you pay in love.

What are you trying to do alone, while your life team stands by, at-the-ready, waiting, hoping to help?

Today’s Affirmation: “I give and receive loving support from all my teammates today!”

Today I’m back from my vacation, and right now I am plowing through my emails, snail mail, packages, magazines, phone messages, unpacking, and doing laundry. Gotta get to the store to fill up the refrigerator with food again, check with the contractor who is working on the back deck, and then rest and recover from my vacation!

I’ll write a another blog – perhaps a trip report – tomorrow. Hope you have had a marvelous week and a terrific Labor Day weekend!