Monday, September 3, 2012
Things usually happen for a reason - your own...
Some say, "My life was predetermined. I did not ask for what happened to me, it was the will of God." They roll along thinking everything is circumstantial without any control (or responsibility) on their part. On the other end of the spectrum, it's said, "Life is a game of chance, karma does not exist, only accidents. You cannot determine what others do and what happens around (and to) you."
Both are wrong, there is nothing more influential than your own choices and actions.
It's what YOU do and how YOU react to what goes on around you that determines YOUR OWN circumstances. Sure, some things are more probable than others because of outside influences. God or karma (depending upon your beliefs) placed you in the family, the economic situation, the environment you were born into. In the end however, it's always what you do with the cards you've been dealt, that determine where you go in life. It does not matter what is put in front of you, what matters most, is what you do with it - how you react to it.
I believe a person's will, a divine plan and karma all coexist in a person. Make the most of them, the choice is yours.
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: www.JimOlsonAuthor.com