In need of a new year

This year has been exceptionally challenging. More so this year, than in years past, I have addressed some of my personal challenges on this blog. I look forward to 2009 bringing happiness and good cheer I so desperately desire. My mother recently sent me the Autobiography In Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson. I think we could all learn from this prose. So I share with you.

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 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.
It is my fault. I know where I am.
I get out immediately.

IV.

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

V.

I walk down another street.

Cheers! Here is to walking down a new street in 2009.

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