Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

I’ve had this on my blog quite a few times. I was reminded of it yesterday in a discussion with my life coach. One of my favorite things I’ve come across during my spiritual journey actually during my life journey. I remember how hard it was going from chapter 1 to chapter 2. I never thought I’d ever get to a new road in life like chapter 5. Yet, I did. I have found more peace and happiness in my life today than I ever had in the past. I think lessons can be learned at any age.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

By Portia Nelson

I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes me forever to find a way out.

II

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place
but, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

III

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
my eyes are open
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

V

I walk down another street.

Copyright (c) 1993, by Portia Nelson from the book There’s A Hole in My Sidewalk.

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