February 10





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








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


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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