ARCHIMEDES PUT A BOULDER IN MY PATH
Place a lever under the boulder and press down, never so hard as to warp the lever. Move the pivot and push under in a new place. Keep doing this until you have pushed deeply and well from every aspect of the boulder in your path. This works every time, not because it dislodges the boulder but because it somehow changes me. The path may also appear different and often the boulder drops from view. It may not be gone but seems less intractable. My life goes on. I have found it important to retain my lever and pivot; there is never just one boulder.
Invent a new greeting.
To Your Health
Health is a pleasure;
health restored is celebration
girded with gratitude.
The shock of illness quickly imbeds itself
to an irrefutable unchangeable fact.
When this veil is lifted the body responds with glee,
the soul with relief touched with disbelief.
The satisfaction of being hale is the bedrock
and once this is shaken
its return is nothing more than astonishing.
I am never more aware of the miraculous nature of life
than when I feel alive once more
after having felt the doom of sickness.
You are reading selections from Sober on the Way to Sane and More Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault