Defining the Indefinable
What is Alcoholism? What is a Hurricane? What is a Cataclysm? I know I look for the root cause, look to predict the outcome, look to prevention and preservation of this thing which comes pouring from the four winds to land in my dooryard and knock on my screen door. What it shows me today, the furious winds, the slanting rain, may not be how it presents tomorrow, but I must keep in mind it is all the same storm and must be regarded with the same respect and treated with the same care and diligence. Whether it’s the thirst or the thinking, a jail cell or my mental mouse trap, alcoholism is an umbrella term for the tsunami, which came to collect me, but no definition will convey the devastation it has wrought.
Make sure you are more than your memories
THE FRUIT BOWL
Meetings are living and precious fruit
I must squeeze every drop from them
even the lemons.
I am privileged to be among the succulent growth
and pungent fragrance of determined hearts
and minds —-the infusion of strength.
The vitality received from the essence of truth
gives and gives to me.
I am refreshed by exposure to raw talent
revived by action and growth.
The diversity of shape and flavor
cheer and inspire me.
The contrast from bowl to challis is dramatic
ever a reminder to stay where it’s fresh.
You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault