A ‘hole’ lot of progress

People Voodoo aims for a more humane approach to self care and the care of others in our daily lives. It’s not about being perfect; its about having the right intentions and making progress. It’s also about sharing our wisdom with each other.

Many years ago, someone shared a poem with me. It had such a profound impact on how I review my own progress, that I’ve retold it many times since. Today I want to share it with you.

rainbow-background-1149610_960_720 “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” by Portia Nelson

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

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

Chapter V
I walk down another street.

 

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