November 4





I have everything in the world but control and yet it seems to be the only thing I yearn for.  Past history has made it difficult for me to have faith and I have clung to scraps of control as an alternative.  I have hope but I have hope in the way a disgruntled gambler has hope.  The horse may cross the finish line first but it’s a long shot.  This is the trouble with control.  If I could ride the horse, I might be able to exert some sway in the situation, but since my jockeying would only make things worse, my inability to secure the outcome leads me to despair and here I am.  I am not in the race.  I will not risk betting on the horse.  I have no skill accepting the capricious nature of life and work hard not to be capricious myself.  This maybe the crux of my problem; I work so hard to do things right instead of having fun.  I try constantly to keep things from going badly; I focus no time on creating joy in my life.  I may not believe much, but I do believe God wants me happy.  This could be the seed, which starts faith.



Feel free to laugh.




Natural Law



The boat captain can’t change the river;

navigate it possibly,

but rule it never.


Birds don’t control the wind,

only capitalize on it.

I can’t reign my sobriety,

I just get to take the ride.


My choices greatly affect the quality of this journey

but not the nature of recovery itself.

I am powerless over gravity

but am thrilled at my ability to use it to my advantage.


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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