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October 2009

 

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I believe the good Lord gives us a slice of heaven from time to time. I believe that those ‘heaven moments’ come many times when we are engaged in using the gifts and abilities He has blessed us with. Today I’m going to share with you such an account I had last weekend while performing at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. I believe the slice of heaven I experienced Saturday was my dream calling me. Will you be ready when your dream calls you?

To Living Above the Line,

Erik

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"Will you be ready when your dream calls you?"

By Erik Carlson

I flew in to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank the morning of the event, where I was asked to open with 15 minutes of Comedy Magic for a 600-person Celebrity Gala fundraiser. This was for an amazing non-profit organization and clinic called ‘Pregnancy Counseling Center,’ where they serve women; talking them out of having an abortion and pouring into these beautiful women’s lives.

My good friend, Jim Caviezel, picked up Renee and myself from the airport. You may recognize Jim’s name… Yes, he is the actor who played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s ‘Passion of the Christ.’ Jim was best man in our wedding. By the way, he is starring in a Television series called “The Prisoner,” and you can see the trailer here: http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/sneak-peeks-and/

So, Jim asks me “Did my wife talk to you?” And I said “Yes, last night.” He said “uh oh…Our M.C. has come down with laryngitis, so we would like you to M.C. the ENTIRE EVENT!” So I said “Of course… I thrive in these situations!”

With six hours notice, I hit it hard, preparing transitions, introductions for Laura Ingraham, an amazing conservative political speaker; a man named Jimmy Weldon, who is the last living voice from the Yogi Bear show. He’s in his 80’s but had more energy than anyone I know; and others.

This newsletter title implies that my dream called me that night. It’s true. I knew I had it in me, but hadn’t had the chance to be Master of Ceremonies for such a prestigious event. When my number was called, my past four years of hard preparation allowed me the confidence to deliver a home run. Taking any and every non-paying gig for all ages, to sharpen my skills and gain experience. I don’t say this to brag. I say it out of extreme humility that I was blessed enough to have that opportunity.

For an entertainer, it’s always a kick in the pants to see celebrities like Gary Sinise in the second row gut laughing at my material. But, if I’m being honest, when that fat mortgage is calling, business is slow, doubts and fears creep in on my dreams, it has been tempting to ‘put it on the shelf,’ and focus on less ‘eternal’ things. It may be hard for some of you to see the eternal perspective in making people laugh, but it’s my calling.

Your calling has ETERNAL SIGNIFICANCE!!! When you passionately fight for your dreams, not only are you are making a great impact for generations to come, you are also experiencing a slice of heaven. People near you witness that and get inspired. KEEP UP THE FIGHT! Be ready when your dream taps you on the shoulder and says “Here I am… Let’s do this…”

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About Erik Carlson:

Erik Carlson is a sought after speaker and entertainer. His keynote topics blend the experiences and wisdom from his successful business career, and couples it with side splitting comedy magic that will leave your audience astonished and inspired.

Erik is the author and creator of his pathfinder self study course which is a step-by-step roadmap to discovering true prosperity in your career.

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