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“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.

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 me a long time to get out.

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.

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

I walk down another street.”

 

 


Portia Nelson, There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

26 responses »

  1. Even when we learn a lesson….we don’t immediately change. I was taught many years ago the first step to change is learning/acknowledging what we must do. BUT. There are lessons to follow. You actually have to DO something to change. I love how this says that (and much better of course!).

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  2. hot damn….I really needed to read that now! as in “thanks, I needed that!” wish I had written it myself. as a matter of fact I am living that myself right now! great advice if there ever ever was any. this is my dad talking to me from his managerial position in heaven! bless you, my dear friend beth!

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