CORNER BROOK — She knows she can’t make everything better all on her own, but Sherry Williams is a strong believer that helping oneself is the right and best place to start.
Williams was born in Carbonear and grew up in Corner Brook until she moved with her family to British Columbia in her teens.
She joined the RCMP when she was 19 and her career led her to be stationed in Saskatchewan and then back to B.C. She also served as a peacekeeper in Kosovo in the 1990s.
In 2010, she retired as a staff-sergeant after burning out in an organization in which she said she “felt lost, unbalanced and superfluous.”
After retiring as a police officer, she began working with the Organization for Security Co-operation within the European Union in August 2011. But she soon found herself becoming “lost” once again.
At that point, she returned to writing in a personal journal she had begun three years earlier.
Now, Williams has turned that journal into a book about how she dealt with all that was going awry in her life.
"Through Midnight Sapphires into my Scarlet Heart" recounts her journey of reclaiming her inner peace.
While it is a personal story, Williams said the self-published book has a message everyone can relate to and should heed. She returned to Corner Brook and western Newfoundland for a visit in the summer of 2012 and said it was that visit that inspired her joyful revelation that the power of love is stronger and more important than the love of power.
“I toured around (western Newfoundland) and I guess that’s what gave me a global perspective in terms of the ending of the book,” she said. “We all get caught up in the drama of life. Really, what it comes down to is the broader picture of (the error of) getting lost in the drama of life and trying to blame it on the drama, instead of looking within ourselves to find that inner peace.”
Williams believe this message needs to be restored in communities and not just individual people.
Williams refuses to have her book sold in big box stores and insists they only be sold in smaller, locally-owned stores. She is currently in the process of touring through Atlantic Canada and is expecting to arrive in Corner Brook for two days Wednesday.
“I believe the love needs to be restored within and back to our beginnings — our own communities,” she said. “I would love to share my story through communities.”