What Looks Like Good News Isn’t Always Good News

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


306-November 2

“There is no death—only a change of worlds.”—Native American Proverb


I remember well, that horrifying day years ago, when the space shuttleChallenger exploded into space. My father had worked in the space program nearly all his life, and helped design the navigational system for the shuttle. On many mornings, my sisters and I had gotten up in the early dark before dawn to watch another space launch: The Mercury program, Gemini, Apollo, and all the shuttles. Star Trek fans, we cheered when the first space shuttle was named the Enterprise.

We girls had grown up and moved out, but we still watched dad’s space ships take off. He had been working on the Challenger launch for three days in a row, but was off duty on that fateful day when the weather froze and the O-rings failed. I called him immediately, crying on the phone. He was aghast, the worst fears of all having been realized. We shook our heads, and prayed for the adventurous souls who had been lost, and the families they left behind.


As I drove along the ocean on my way to my office, Barbra Streisand’s version of Somewhere from West Side Story played on the radio. I thought about the teacher, Christa MacAuliffe, who had perished in the explosion. I had seen her on television, and the competition for the title “First Teacher in Space.” I saw the moment when she was announced the winner and saw her joy and happiness over having been selected. She was fun, she was funny, she was a dedicated teacher. None of us knew then that winning this prize meant her death.

I thought, too, about the woman who came in second in the running for this prize. How disappointed she must have been on that day when the winner was announced and it wasn’t her. She had lost the prize—but it meant that she lived.

Think about this when you cry over your next loss: What looks like good news isn’t always good news and what looks like bad news isn’t always bad news. There are plans and purposes to life beyond our knowledge. As Richard Bach stated in his book, Illusions, everything in life boils down to two things: Fun and learning. If you’re not having fun, you’re learning something. And when your mission has been accomplished, you leave the planet.

Mission accomplished, Christa, Dick, Michael, Ronald, Ellison, Gregory, and Judith. We remember and honor you.

Today’s Affirmation: “I thank God for my time upon this rich Earth!”