Sunday, December 1, 2013


Some do not know what to do with their life, or feel it has no meaning. I believe we all come into this world with a God-given purpose. If you will pray/meditate about your divine purpose—ideas, opportunities, events and people who are a part of what is “meant to be” will be attracted into your life.
You do not necessarily need to know what your purpose is, just pay close attention to the signs as they come along. Remember, all that comes about in our lives originally arrives through the gateway of our mind.
Many go for things or situations that are not right for them. If you are having to force something into your life, it may not be right. This does not mean you should not work hard for things, just know the difference between working hard for what is right and trying to force something that is wrong. Prayer helps. And remember, what you fight to get, you have to fight to keep. Things that are meant to be tend to work out more smoothly.
Be patient as you strive to achieve your purpose. There are plants in the desert that wait years for just the right amount of rain, at just the right time, before they bear fruit. Even the plants know that everything arrives on divine timing. “...for everything there is a season.”
Listen to what Emerson called “...the small still voice within,” it is your maker helping to guide you.

Jim Olson 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Do some good...

A smile, an encouraging word, a helping hand - all are meant to be shared. Today I pledge to COWBOY UP and practice random acts of kindness.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Worry is a waste...

Why waste time and energy worrying when you can use the effort towards bettering your situation? Think ahead in a positive manner!

Monday, June 17, 2013

To lift up or hold down…

In order to lift someone up, you have to be on higher ground. If you are holding someone down, a part of you remains low as well.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

It's been a year…

Most who have known me for long savvy that I have been a hard drinker for a long time—from about 1985 till June 1, 2012 (yes, I was fifteen when it started).
While mostly a happy drunk, at times I would get surly and mean and say bad things to people who did not deserve it at all—and mainly to those who deserved it LEAST of all—my close friends and family. I again profusely apologize to each and every one of you for my past indiscretions.
The good news is, it has now been ONE YEAR since taking a drink of alcohol! I had forgotten how good you feel with a clear mind and and healthy system.
I thank GOD for giving me the strength to make it through—I think I can do it now.
Jim Olson

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Careful who you ask...

Never ask directions from a person who does not know where they're going; advice from someone whose opinion you really don't want; or help from a egotist. You'll wind up, on the wrong road, confused and alone.

Thursday, May 2, 2013


We must remember to focus our energies on what is truly important—not what seems urgent or feels good at the moment.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Do it now...

It's never to late to start doing the right thing. You will not change the past, but you have a shot at a better future.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

One chance at now...

We pass through this world one time. As each moment goes by, remember, we will never be here, at this time and place, ever again. Make the most of it!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The future is yours...

We were all put on this planet for some special reason. With God's help, find out what it is. Listen to the voice within, it's your creator guiding you. Then make the choice and act. YOU create your future by actions performed today. Make it grand!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


True story:
A few days ago, I stopped at a travel center on I-10 for no explicable reason. That is not like me. I did not need fuel, was not hungry and did not need to use the facilities. But I pulled in and looked around a few minutes, wondering why I was there. Leaving the parking lot, I spotted a fellow holding a sign that said, "Traveling and stranded. Anything will help." He had a half-starved dog with him. I went over, handed him a dollar bill and a bottle of water for him and his dog, then left. (I keep bottles of water and singles handy for just that purpose.)
Pulling back onto the interstate, phrases I always quote people flooded my mind: Do something kind for someone who is in no position to repay you. Practice random acts of kindness daily. The verse from the Bible that says - Give and it shall be given unto you. And all that stuff about "tenfold". I thought this strange as I always give from the heart with no thought of re-compensation.
I went about my busy day afterwards and it did not cross my mind again...till later that evening.
After enjoying some family time at the county fair, I looked down to see money on the ground as we walked back to the truck. I knew it was paper money at first glance, so I bent down to pick it up, smiling at my good luck. A chill went through me however as I bent over and realized the bill was folded so the words, IN GOD WE TRUST were staring up at me. It was a $10 bill. 

I knew instantly God had given me a sign.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Get rid of discouragement before it gets rid of you...

Discouragement causes a person to wallow in pity and do nothing.

This doesn't have to happen, but unfortunately it does. Once we realize discouragement is a form of self pity, we begin to take a long look at ourselves and hopefully decide to act.

Do something that will take you out of a negative situation. The answer to discouragement is positive action.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blaze your own trail!

Follow the same trail as the rest of the sheeple and you'll wind up in a rut.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Opportunity Knocks While Temptation Beats Down the Door

I firmly believe the fields of opportunity are fertile. However, the corral is chocked FULL of temptation.
Temptation to lie, cheat or steal. Temptation to be a slacker, take the easy way out or not give it your all. Temptation to become ignoble, do the wrong thing or, as the buzz word indicates, become one of the "Sheeple."
Every day we are tested. When temptations come along, if you do not pass, opportunities for success will be fleeting.
Stand tall, do the right thing over and over and over again. You'll notice more opportunities come your way.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Wise Prospector

An ol’ prospector came across a large nugget one day while panning in a stream high in the mountains. It was as large as your fist!
He left for town with his new treasure and also a smaller nugget he’d found a few days prior. Hard work and perseverance finally paid off.
When he was almost to town, a local swindler spotted the prospector and approached him with deviltry in mind.
“Sir, can you spare some change, I haven’t eaten in days!” asked the slacker.
Without batting an eye, the prospector pulled out the smaller nugget and offered it to the man. In the process of doing so, the swindler got a good look at the larger nugget.
The man excitedly talked about what he could do if he only had a nugget as big as that one. He’d be on easy street the rest of his life. His children would wear the finest clothes. He would hob-nob with the most important folk in town! He laid it on real thick.
“Sir, if you would only let me borrow THAT nugget, I would repay you when I could.” The sly man begged, knowing in his heart it was a lie. On and on he went...
Incredibly, the ol’ prospector reached out and handed him the treasure. “You seem to be very needy of this,” was all he said. Then he turned around and headed back towards the hills, waving good bye.
The slacker could not believe his good fortune! He’d really pulled one over on that prospector. Now, he would have it all!
A couple weeks later, back at the stream, while panning for nuggets, the prospector spotted the swindler coming towards him.
“I am so glad to have finally found you. I have been looking for you for days,” he said.
“What can I help you with?” Asked the prospector.
“I come for a treasure.”
“But I have not found any other nuggets,” said the prospector,  “I already gave you all I had.” 
“I have come for something far greater than a nugget,” said the man.
“What is it you want?”
“When I talked you into giving me that huge nugget, I thought I would never see a poor day again in my life. I thought it would buy me happiness and prestige. I showed it around town. People wanted to be around me, buy me drinks. Some asked for money, others tried to con me out of it. But I was not happy. I was constantly fearful of losing it.
“Well, maybe I was happy for a little while, but it quickly faded. But you - you gave up your most prized possession and then came back to the mountains to work again while I stayed in town, living the so-called high-life. Why did you give me the nugget?”
The prospector thought about it for a second and said, “Because you seemed like you needed it more than me. I figured with a little hard work, I’d get another one. In the mean time, I have all that I need.”
“That is exactly the treasure I now seek,” said the man. “I want to know how to be the kind of person who can be happy while giving away his things to those who need them more than he does. I want to find the happiness that I could not buy with the large nugget. I will gladly give it back to find this kind of treasure, for I did not find happiness in the nugget alone.”
The wise ol’ prospector smiled and said, “Finding that kind of treasure is easy, why it’s much easier than finding a big golden nugget. To find what you seek, all you must do is first find God, then follow his instructions.” 

About Me

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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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