Large hole in a brick sidewalk

Ruts and Holes Along the Way

I was reminded of this piece by Portia Nelson while sitting with a patient today – thought I’d share it here. Walking your path isn’t always as simple as putting one foot in front of the other, and sometimes you fall into ruts — or holes.

Large hole in a brick sidewalk

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

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 by Portia Nelson)