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Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

The following story, “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters,” is something that we tend to use with clients going through a variety of tricky issues. How does it apply to your life?

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.

 

Copyright (c) 1993, by Portia Nelson from the book There’s A Hole in My Sidewalk. Reproduced with kind permission from Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Going through some tricky issues? We can be of assistance! You can contact us to make a counseling appointment or read about adult counseling. If you liked this post, you can read How to Journal for Therapy and The Two Wolves.

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