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There's A Hole In My Sidewalk

January 1, 2019

 

#change

 

Dr. Wayne Dyer introduced me to this poem several years ago. It resonated deeply within me back then and still does today - especially as a student of the art of meditation. I think this poem is a funny and brilliant teaching in change through self-awareness. Also reminds me of the first five words I read in davidji’s book, destressifying ~ “It all begins with awareness.”

 

THERE’S A HOLE IN MY SIDEWALK


Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

~ Portia Nelson

 

Chapter One

 

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 Two

 

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 Three

 

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 Four

 

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

 

Chapter Five

 

I walk down another street.

 

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