Acceptance, Action, Change

April 3





Acceptance equals action.  Without action, acceptance is a death sentence.  Action puts me in the hands of my Higher Power; inaction puts me at the mercy of others, or worse, self-justification.  For acceptance to glow with life, it must be moving.

Action equals change.  Action without change is repetition.  The moon does not change.  It orbits flat on its face, forever dark on one side and a mere reflection on the other.  Change sparks possibilities in mundane endeavor.

Change equals acceptance.  Change without acceptance is a walk off a cliff.  For change to endure, agreement is necessary.  A one-sided argument is fascism and fraudulence.  The heart of change is acceptance, beating the blood of hope to the extremities.  Whether we circle the heavens or the bowl depends on the cohesion of acceptance, action and change.



Listen to new music, sing old music.



Give Me a Goose Any Day


The geese breaking wind resistance,

the close ones,

the far ones,

the ones behind trumpeting

this is the gang who gets me sober

and keeps me that way.


Maybe you think that God is not a flock of geese,

but it has been my experience

and the honking and the mess are part of it all.

I spend my days making sure I am one of them.


Sometimes I am even in the lead,

which may seem like a place of honor and prestige,

but is actually a lot of hard work.


Sometime I am the cheering squawker

who makes my encouragement heard.

Other times I am the one waddling around

leaving an untidiness behind me.


All of this just makes me part of the flock.

I am especially fond of my nest mates

though they are often the ones I chase

and bluster at the most.


I feel a sense of identity and pride

when I see any goose flying high

and I know that because we don’t do it alone

we are able to do it together.



You are reading selections from Sober on the Way to Sane and More Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault


About Sherrie Theriault

Sherrie Theriault, writer and outsider artist lives in northwest New Jersey where she writes villain-free fiction for children and young adults, creates coloring books for all ages, writes daily inspiration books for the recovery community and has other works of collected poetry; also adult fiction. Books available on include the following: Cala Mae The Deep Dark Day In The Congenial Chronicles The Holland’s Adventure Fill Me In Fill Me In, Too Filled In Sober on the Way to Sane More Sober on the Way to Sane Lines from My Life More Lines from My Life On-Liners to Live By My Sponsor Said… Elissa: Queen of Carthage Was Love Lost Order of Protection The Story Precedes the Question Can You See? What the Birdies Told Me about You What the Birdies Told Me about You Coloring book The Enchanting Dog Sherrie’s books are available at Blue Stockings, Manhattan, NY, The Clinton Book Shoppe, Clinton, New Jersey, Giovanni’s Room, Philadelphia, PA, Easy Does It in Long Beach, CA and The Latest Thing in Costa Mesa, Ca. You can find Sherrie’s art work at Hang-Ups Gallery in Allentown, PA or online at: Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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