A Little Extra Hope

October 2





“What will you do with a little extra hope?” asked my quizzical sponsor.

“What good is a little hope?” my retort.

“A little hope got you sober.  What can you do with a little more?  Could you take out your dreams and fly them on a breeze?  Could you throw yourself into a wave of intention and see if you can ride it out?  Breathe easier, smile broader?  Take my hand tighter and walk the road awhile longer before you run for refuge?  Now let me ask you a better question.  What couldn’t you do with a little more hope?”




Wash as a meditation.





Tragedy is a tale unfinished.

Life is far longer than calamity can endure.

I will not give up, not even when hope is lost.


For life carries forward;

more is filled with optimism.

Threads break, but the fabric is woven still,

flowing off the living loom waiting to be used.


I will cut my swath and fashion a garment to wear

and if sometimes it is filled with ashes

I will sit and grieve

all the while knowing that this is never the stories end.



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 Amazon.com 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: SerendipitousGallery.com Please feel free to contact her there if you have any questions.
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One Response to A Little Extra Hope

  1. stringguru says:

    Thanks for your wonderful sentiments. I would be so blessed to chat again with you. Namaste, Betty

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