Damien Williams is one of my personal heroes. Heroes are people who are afraid, but do it anyway. Heroes are confronted with very challenging circumstances, but turn grim and dark experiences into hopeful ones. Sometimes, you just have to work with what you’ve got – which may not be very much.
Hence the title of Damien’s book: Grab You Some Lemons: Make the Best Out of Life’s Sour Moments.
Damien commented on Facebook that his aim in writing the book was to tell his story and to give to readers…
1. A reminder that your dreams are valid.
2. An affirmation that you are worthy.
3. Taking small steps towards your goals is all it takes to get you there.
4. Courage is being able to follow your dreams in the face of fear.
I started off this journey almost ten years ago. Yes, that is how long it took me to publish this book.
It has been a difficult but cathartic experience. It called for me baring my wounds and being vulnerable and transparent. While I have come to accept that every experience is our teacher and has come to push us into our purpose, the journey to this place was not without its share of anxieties.
With this book, I hope to create ripples of healing. As I share my experiences with you, I hope you take away from it a sense of hope and determination to make it, rooted in the knowledge that #YouAreWorthy. Go to the Link:
I confess to having an interest in this book. Damien invited me to write the Foreword, and I was honoured to do so. Here it is:
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
These words by the 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic Rumi may have inspired the late Jewish Canadian poet Leonard Cohen to write, in his poem “Anthem”:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
So, we are not perfect beings; and of course, we know this. We are fragile as the shell of a small bird’s egg – the kind you find on the ground after nesting season. Broken, and at the same time recently holding a small life within it.
This story of a man’s life lived so far is, however, not to be viewed as a bitter lament for what was, or what could have been. Lemons are indeed a bitter fruit – but what about the aroma? The juice bursting through? The clear brilliant color of them?
Cohen’s song – the crack where the light gets in – tells us that yes, our past may have been riven with pain. Our future may seem at times blurry, half-dark, twilit. Yet, we must do what we can with this life on Earth – and “ring the bells that still can ring.” Even if it might be the last time we will ever hear them. Make them ring, for you and for others.
They can make a joyful sound.
Please enjoy this story of a life, a soul and a voyage. Remember to squeeze those lemons… really hard. Oh – and don’t forget the sugar.
I hope this will encourage you to read the book.