Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters by Portia Nelson

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Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters by Portia Nelson is a poem from her book There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

Chapter II 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 III 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 IIII 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 IVI walk down the same street.There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.I walk around it.Chapter VI walk down another street.What chapter are you living right now?P.S. You can save a visual version of Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters by Portia Nelson here:Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters by Portia NelsonFurther reading: 20 quotes on self-care and self-acceptance & "As I began to love myself" - a poem by Charlie Chaplin.

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