By Kevin Alan Lamb
Each challenge or circumstance we encounter is an opportunity to be extraordinary if we so choose. No one exemplifies this more than Damien Minna. In the summer of 2004, Damien suffered a spinal injury while driving. He sought the help of every form of healing available in the United States for over a decade, yet made little progress. Circumstances reveal moments where choices are made, they do not determine what choices we make. While you may not be in control of your universe, you are very much in control of the choices that shape its potential! While many would have given up in their effort to regain strength and function, Damien was blessed with the love and support of his faith, family, and friends.
Empowered and encouraged by those who stand by his side, Damien released his fears and doubt, and embraced the beauty of unity through accepted dependence and love of others. He boarded a plane and set out to Jakarta, Indonesia to seek treatment from a Shaolin Healer. His journey reminds to let your greatness shine through the weakness of another, as its lights helps heal and harness their ability to make choices influenced by the power of belief, over the crippling weight of doubt!
Over the course of the next few months we will track Damien’s progress, engage his supporters, and help ensure that a pact he made with his best friend, Caspar, comes to life. After graduating from Santa Margarita High School, Damien spent a year at a college Prep-School in Connecticut where he met Caspar. He and Damien remained friends after Prep School and are still friends to this day. During their stay together in Connecticut, they made a pact to one day go surfing together in Bali, Indonesia where Caspar has family. Caspar always remembered their pact. When his father visited a Shaolin Healer in Jakarta, Indonesia for a serious heart ailment and was cured, an idea was sparked.
This life will deliver devastating blows to detour our plans and dreams; but dreams are rarely realized in their original conception. Life is long; and with persistence, faith, and the willingness to go great lengths — hope prevails. Damien is a reminder to all of us that we are infinitely able, so long as we hold courage and optimism close to our heart, and let those we love carry the weight of great burden.
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