Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

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 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.

——–

Where are you at in your walk?

-Derin-

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2 responses to “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

  1. Thank goodness I live on the Kansas side. A lot less potholes to fall into.

  2. Sounds about right 🙂
    The good news is that, we do eventually grow wise. By then, of course, it’s far too late 😉

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