Tuesday, January 10, 2012

You Are God's Best Idea! Daily Epigram for: January 11, 2012

"Give your dream an aspiration date."-Douglas Holzmeier

This week I saw where a friend announced he is now engaged. My assumption is that soon – if not already – he and his bride-to-be have circled a date for their blessed day. In other words – they have given their dream of Holy matrimony an aspiration date.

I wrote about this idea in You Are God’s Best Idea! I used the story of Brad Paisley as my example of someone who had a grand dream – to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Many of the locals snickered – rather loudly. I know – I was there at the time he launched his first album and the naysayers were neighing. But you see – Brad prepared for the unfolding of his aspirations. He enrolled in Belmont University, a college with specialized courses for those who aspire to make a living in the music industry, after his first two years at nearby West Liberty.

Brad was playing music for audiences from the time he was 10 years-old in the Wheeling, WV area. His grandfather gave him a small guitar at age 8. He got some great advice from grandpa who told him that part of his appeal was because he was a cute kid with a guitar and that wasn’t always going to be the case. He was going to have to earn his applause as he got older. As Brad notes in his bio: “Pretty soon, I was performing at every Christmas party and Mother's Day event they'd come up with.”

Playing came natural for Paisley although any true musician will tell you that no matter your acumen, if you don’t practice regularly, you can go from the best in the world to pedestrian within weeks. Brad Paisley wasn’t a prodigy at singing. It wasn’t unusual for him to be a bit off pitch several times per performance. This may have fueled the doubt of fools – but not a person who has set an aspiration date. As I wrote in the Divine Aspirations chapter: A sour note is just a reminder to sweeten the tune, not to doubt the song.

Brad was writing songs for his second album four years before he recorded and released his first! Both albums (Who Needs Pictures and Part II) were essentially written and recorded back-to-back. That’s inspiration and aspiration! I am doing the exact same thing. I wrote You Are God’s Best Idea! with the idea that there would be a II and a III. I’ve already outlined 70 new Divine Acceptations for the sequels. There are a half dozen chapters fully written and the material your reading now is planned to become a 365 Day tutorial on Living the Undeniable Life as well. That’s three additional books in the works with tentative aspiration dates set.

Turn your inspiration into aspiration and set a date for what you contemplate. Just as it is with marriage – you must engage your goals and dreams and let the Universe know you have True Intention to put a ring on it!

Speaking of rings – Brad Paisley fell in love with the idea of marrying Kimberly Williams from the Father of the Bride movies while in an Ohio Valley Theater (one I used to go to all the time) in 1995. In 2003 – he fell in love with Kimberly –they got engaged and married. They have two additional manifestations, boys, Huck and Jasper.

Almost forgot – Brad was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on February 17th, 2001. A letter written by George Jones was read that said: “I am counting on you to carry on the tradition—and make folks sit up and listen to what good country music should sound like.”

What are your aspirations? Are you engaged? Good - time to set a date! George isn’t going to be around forever ;-)

You Are God's Best Idea!

~Douglas Holzmeier

Author of You Are God's Best Idea! Divine Acceptations and Living the Undeniable Life! (Balboa Press/Hay House)

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