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“Autobiography in Five Short Chapters”

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I was in a bible study this past year and our leader read this poem at the beginning of class. She read it this week again as we concluded our class. I came home, found it online and read it to my husband. He asked a great question, "what chapter are you in?"

Wow! I'm not sure. Depends on the area of my life. I hope I'm getting to Chapter 5 more and more.

What chapter are you in?

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“Autobiography in Five Short 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 helpless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes me 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 am 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.
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