Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson

Sidewalk Hole Small

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.

From: There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery


 I think we can all relate to this story. Life is a journey, a classroom. We learn as we go. We all have blind spots. We are often not aware of our own habit patterns. As we mature, we get those ‘aha moments’ that change our direction. Realizing and taking responsibility for our life issues makes change possible. 

I just want to add to this story. In chapter Five, not only do I walk down another street… I do a little jig … maybe sing or whistle… and celebrate my growth! 

Yes, we all have issues but the beautiful thing is that these issues, if we let them, shine a light into understanding ourselves. We learn to overcome. We become stronger, wiser, and happier.

Victory brings joy!

~Beth Beard