A HENLEY writer and musician has published a self-help book after going through a “near-death” experience.
Tim Balmford, a facilities manager from Haywards Close, wrote We’re Just Passing Through — An Ideology of Self-discovery and Inner Peace after he nearly electrocuted himself.
He said: “I was about to walk through a door, but it was partially blocked by some curled-up cables. I bent down to move them and accidentally touched one of the ends. I felt a shiver run through my body and was a bit taken aback. Later I found out that the cables were live with an alternating current and I’d luckily touched them at the safest moment. A second earlier or later, I could have been killed.
“It doesn’t sound like much, but it occupied my mind for weeks afterwards. It prompted my resolve to make changes in my life. I wanted to smile and laugh more — to let go of issues that I had no power over — and to do this I began to seek the truth about myself.”
Tim, who has also written a children’s book and has released two albums with his local band Bleak Angel, believes we spend too much of our lives placing value in meaningless things, believing that our happiness can only come as a result of objects or other people. He says it’s too easy to lose sight of who we really are and why we are here and maintains that it’s possible to experience love and joy every day without worry, guilt or fear.