Friday, October 14, 2005

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters


I.
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost...I am helpless
It takes forever to find a way out.

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.
I still takes a long time to get out.

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.
I get out immediately.

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

V.
I walk down another street.

-Portia Nelson


My mother sent this to me in the mail this week. It was read at my college graduation ceremony and I sent her a copy of it in postcard form because she had liked it so much. She kept it all these years and returned it to me. It really couldn't be more appropriate or timely. (Thanks Mom. You're the greatest.) I thought I'd share it with y'all. Maybe it will speak to you too?

9 comments:

Bex said...

aww, i like that. i can relate. thanks for sharing!

Jenster said...

It absolutely speaks to me. I think I'm still in the habit place. I know I'm there, I'm just struggling to break the habit so that next time I can walk around the hole or just find another street altogether.

Thank you for being so insightful. :)

Jenny said...

yep, sure does. thanx.

Bill said...

For myself, I think I'm still in Chapter IV. I'm looking forward to Chapter V. I think I may be close to turning that page, but you never know. Stories! Writers! You never know what they're gonna do!

Mo-Pie said...

Well, mine is the same way, but it's more of a pop up Autobiographical than anything.

Thanks Siz, and thanks momma Siz.

Momma Siz is the greatest!

Her Daddy's Eyes said...

wow. I really like that! I think I'll share it with my mom. Thank you.

~Eyes

sue said...

Absolutely! Thanks for sharing... very cool...!

Neil said...

Thanks. But what do you do if you need something at the end of the first street?

Amanda said...

I had heard of that myself...one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!