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Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

by
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 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 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 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.

Used with permission.
Copyright 1993 Portia Nelson, all rights reserved.
From her book:
There's a Hole in my Sidewalk
The Romance of Self-Discovery

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Peter M. Leschak, American writer, firefighter


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