As I dove into "Priceless: From Adversity to Advantage" by my dear friend, Dion E. Price Sr., I couldn't help but feel an unexpected connection to his gripping narrative, despite our differing upbringings and the diverging challenges we have faced. With every turn of the page, I found myself stepping into Dion's shoes, empathizing with his remarkable journey, and resonating deeply with his experiences. I became a little teary a few times while reading the very short and powerful journey. It's 80 total pages and I was misty in the eye region for like 35 of them. I haven't read a book in maybe 9 years because I am SUPER ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and the father of 3 kids... I am so jealous of those who have time and ability to read. (I am making excuses, I could probably read more if I wanted to...)
His words spoke to my own career path, family life, early years, life choices, and personal struggles, forging a bond that transcended our differences. I only found out this past weekend that Dion wrote this book. Dion was one of the first expats that I met in Costa Rica, in fact I talk about him in our first few blogs HERE. I thought he was a very cool and fun retired Military man. Little did I know he was an accomplished author, and the owner of such a powerful, yet relatable back story.
Dion's book is a testament to the power of resilience and the human spirit's capacity to overcome. His story resonated with me on a profound level, as I recalled my own battles with inner demons and the relentless pursuit of personal and professional growth. Dion's positive message of change and unwavering determination to keep moving forward resonated within me. His words were not just ink on paper; they were a reminders of my own struggles within relationships in my own life, the difficulties associated with balancing family life and self care, and of course my own battle against what I perceive to be true vs what is really happening.
Knowing Dion personally, I can attest to the authenticity of his message. He is not just an author to me; he is a friend, and I am fortunate to have been gifted a copy of his book. I am incredibly proud of his accomplishments and the impact he is making in the lives of others. He has made an impact on my life in the short time that I have known him. Any time I go to Tamarindo, we connect. He is the unofficial Mayor of that wonderful place. He walks the streets and kisses babies and shakes hands, because everyone sees what I see. A genuinely kind and vulnerable person, who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed.
Through his words, he has become a guiding light for those navigating their own adversities.
"Priceless" serves as a powerful reminder that our paths may differ, but our struggles and triumphs are universal. It is a testament to the human experience and the resilience that lies within each of us. Dion's ability to convey his journey with unwavering honesty and vulnerability is a testament to his strength and courage.
This book is not just a personal memoir; it is a call to action. It encourages us to examine our own lives, confront our past, and embrace the power of change. Dion's unwavering positivity and his refusal to let his childhood experiences define him are a testament to the indisputable resilience of the human spirit.
As I reflect on my own journey, I am grateful for the opportunity to walk alongside Dion (the Mayor), through the pages of this powerful memoir and the streets of Tamarindo. His story has touched my heart and reminded me that no matter the challenges we face, there is always a path to redemption and growth. I am proud to call Dion a friend, and I eagerly await the impact he will continue to make in the lives of others through his inspiring words.
This inspiring, short easy read can be purchased on Amazon HERE. I also have a copy if anyone wants to read it.... You gotta give it back though when you are done... Because its got my name on it.