There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk

This inspiration poem by Portia Nelson somehow escaped me until very recently.

Human beings make mistakes. That’s a given.

It’s important to understand the process of learning. To analyze our mistakes, to learn from them – and to not repeat them.

Sometimes we are just not paying attention – or are living our lives on autopilot. The beauty is – it can be changed.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

by Portia Nelson

Chapter 1
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 forever to find a way out.

Chapter 2
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter 3
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. But my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter 4
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter 5
I walk down another street.

XO ~Robyn

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