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Walking Down Another Street

Thursday, September 03, 2009

This poem has made the rounds among those in recovery from addiction and / or mental illness. It is also SO apropos for myself and my recovery from food addiction also!

I thought I would pass this along for those who may not have seen this before as I suspect a few of you might relate to this one...!

Thank goodness to SparkPeople for shining a bright light down "another street!"


by Portia Nelson

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 me forever to find a way out.


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 the same place
but, it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.


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.


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


I walk down another street.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    That poem was part of my spiritual direction internship. Someone read it out loud, and we actually acted it out as a class. Very memorable. Thanks for passing it along!

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CAOMAGIC 9/6/2009 1:07AM

    I am in stage III, moving toward stage IV in this scene. Knowing where I am and taking responsibility for that makes me know that I will see recovery also. Thanks for sharing!!!

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BJENKINS1014 9/5/2009 11:20AM

    Thanks! I hadn't seen this before, but I love it! It fits for all addictions and bad habits.

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TRAINOF4 9/5/2009 8:34AM

    Absolutely true. Thank you for sharing!

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APPYMORGAN 9/5/2009 2:06AM

    this is so amazing I just posted a blog about this very poem too. Great minds must think alike. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 9/4/2009 2:26PM

    New to me, too --- a great message! thanks for sharing it with us here.


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L*I*T*A* 9/3/2009 9:52PM

    great..........thanks for sharing.............blessings and hugs..............lita

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MSPUDGE 9/3/2009 8:35PM

  That is priceless! Have not seen it before. Thanks!

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