Monday, February 27, 2012

Meant to do VS. Want to do

Every person is born with certain natural tendencies (things we are meant to do). According to these, our lives are shaped. We also conscientiously take certain paths on our own (things we want to do), these guide our lives as well. When our naturally given and conscientiously taken paths are of the same alignment, things seem to fall into place much easier.


  1. This sounds a little like "nature" and "nurture," and yet it sounds like "nature PLUS nurture" (genetics PLUS environment) instead of genetics-VERSUS-environment, which is how we normally hear it. And I have to say I like the idea of "plus" as contrasted with "versus." Anyway, an interesting thought. I wonder how many people are so blessed as to be able to follow both paths?

  2. I like the idea of "plus" as well. Unfortunately, I believe few ever discover both paths. That doesn't mean we should give up on trying...


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Jim Olson is a ranch-raised cowboy, author and entrepreneur. Growing up on the high plains of eastern New Mexico he learned to ride young colts, tend to cattle and drive heavy farm equipment at an early age. 

Jim spent a few years competing in the calf roping event at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association level, qualifying for the circuit finals a few times. He lives on and operates a ranch near Stanfield, Arizona, once a part of John Wayne’s Red River Ranch, and also owns Western Trading Post, dealing in Cowboy and Indian collectibles. 

These great life experiences Jim now uses in his writing career. He writes stories about interesting and extraordinary people of the west including short stories of both fiction and nonfiction. He has a monthly column titled “Cowboy Heroes,” published by several Southwestern and national magazines. Jim has written three books and is working on other projects as well. He can be reached via the web: 


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