30 September 2011

A poem pertinent to counselling - Autobiography in 5 Chapters

by Portia Nelson:


1) 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.

2) 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.




3) 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.

4) I walk down the same street.

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

5) I walk down a DIFFERENT street.

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