When a dear friend and teacher first shared this with me, I wasn’t sure I would ever move beyond Chapter One. This “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters,” by Portia Nelson, has been a real guide post for my personal evolution these past 3 years. With every closely examined behavior, I see myself progress through these chapters. I am proud to say that today I am somewhere between Chapters 3 and 4.
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson “There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk”
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 this same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there. I still fall . . . it’s a habit . . . but, 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.