May 21





Growth is my decision.  I don’t need conflict or catastrophe to bring me to change.  I choose each day come what may, to roll out the refuse.  I am not tempted to leave it in to rot just because the sun is shining.  Good days are good times to improve.  How could integrity be retarded by joy?  I am not punished into recovery.  I will never accept a Higher Power who set up a system like that and I give wide berth to people who claim their Higher Power did.  My bottom may have been an inducement to start but choice keeps me coming back.



Smile in the mirror and look into your eyes.






Just because you appeared from the dark

doesn’t make you a wizard.

Just because you make the world safe for mankind

doesn’t make you Hercules,

nor does your power and foresight make you his father.


Your resourcefulness and guile doesn’t make you Ulysses.

And just because you spend so much time

strapped upon that cross doesn’t make you,

well, we all know the rest of that refrain.


Human is what you are whether I see that in you or not.

Human is a blessing even if it feels to me a curse.

I need the superhuman strength you seem to offer

but I must live in the world of what is real.


I want to be stolen away to the safety of your lair

and not live on my feet and fight for my life.

I have to stop wishing to be your captive

and work harder at simply being your friend.


If I can let you down off your pedestal perhaps

I could then climb down off mine.



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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