All I have are these two hands; I can not lift the world
All I have are these two legs; I can not flee the hoards
All I have is this one heart though need and want prevail
All that’s left is this one mind to try to tell this tale.
Everything in this bright orb is there for me to see
Everything laid out before me all that I can be
Everything that I perceive as wrong and know it in my heart
Everything I think to touch and change believing it’s my art
Once I take the giant reins acceptance escapes the scene
Once the fates are in my grasp chaos is the theme
Once the sight of my right place is lost from in my mind
Once I try to fill the great big shoes is the day that I go blind.
Prune expectation with open-mindedness
DON’T BE A FRAUD
Fake it till you make it is like saying,
Keep drinking till you get sober, complains my sponsor.
But what about the things I can’t do yet?
You work on them, that’s all, you work.
You adjust your attitude.
Practice the steps.
Carry your behind to meetings,
And talk to me and others in your network.
Yeah, that sounds like a breeze.
It’s easier than staying sober while lying.
In this program we try to stay honest
And in the moment.
Pretending to feel differently than you do
Defeats your ability to be present
And makes it hard for people to trust you.
But it’s so awkward, I grumble.
Which is why we of the alcoholic persuasion,
Try to find short cuts but don’t get sucked into them.
Tell the truth and do the hard work of sobriety and
Stay away from people who try to sell you a Softer Way.
You are reading selections from More Sober on the Way to Sane and Lines From My Life by Sherrie Theriault