Comfort & Willingness

August 19






Closer than comfort is willingness.  Comfort is at the skin but willingness is under it. I can live without comfort but not without willingness.  Both are unseen but felt deeply.  Willingness drives to the destination and comfort settles me in once there.  Comfort is a gift like warmth; willingness is a gift like breath.  I have been tempted to let go of willingness to hold on to comfort.  True willingness brings true comfort; never the other way around.  No matter where I have to go, willingness will take me there; I hope comfort will follow.



Draw satisfaction on the wall of your brain.



Go Where it’s Warm


The intangible rightness of cohesion is difficult to explain.

What is it that makes a group congregating into a congregation?

What makes a rag tag tousle into a home group?


It is the thing I yearn for, but dare not chase.

I know this too makes a grub into a butterfly,

yet private transformation seems necessary,

where the change of masses is gratuitous.


A thousand geese fly overhead;

arrows of individual miracles,

pointing the way to the meaning of it all.




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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