Autobiography in Five Chapters. By Portia Nelson.

I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost...
I am hopeless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

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'm in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

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.

IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

V

I walk down another street.


This poem was quoted in this book I have been reading: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche, and I love it. So, I had to post it here. 

And now, we are off to Frankfurt! Why we are going to Frankfurt will be the topic of my next post!

3 Replies to “Autobiography in Five Chapters. By Portia Nelson.”

  1. Aaa het leven! Mooie les, misschien moet ik ook maar eens een andere straat nemen 🙂

  2. Julie Margulies says: Reply

    I know why you’re going!

  3. You make me curious ….

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