A story of holes in which you have to fall many times before ...

In her poem «Autobiography in five short chapters», Portia Nelson describes in a funny but so true manner the way to a better connection to reality.

We all do stuff out of habit, without even asking ourselves whether they give an adequate answer to what is happening now. We just do as we have always done.

It's a good exercice to try and notice our «deep holes in the sidewalk».

Enjoy your reading.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

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

Chapter V
I walk down another street.

Laurence