I was introduced to this poem about two months ago and it spoke to me then but I was reintroduced to it today and it was perfect timing. I can’t think of any better way to put it but this is the path to the better/the best.
Autobiography In Five Short Chapters
by Portia Nelson
from There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk
Chapter I ( This situation is out of control: natural disasters, accidents, job loss, death….)
I walk down the street. There is a 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.
Chapter II ( Same bad situation again: argument, conflict, response. Analyze situation.)
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 (Theres is a cycle, YOU ARE THE CAUSE! Analyze self, change, become responsible, use logic, not emotions.)
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 (This brain has been re-programmed, person is now in control and avoids negative.)
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
Chapter V (NEW ATTITUDE= SUCCESS)
I walk down another street.
Which Chapter of life are you in???
With every decision I make I hope to eventually/always arrive at Chapter V at some point, hopefully sooner than later.
I now see more than anything that every decision I made in my life has got me to where I am today.
I am NOT a victim, I am an OVERCOMER!