Do as I say, not as I do

September 11, 2012

Dear Max

There are certain things in life I *know*, but get wrong over and over. Like how I react to things, like how I solve things, like how I perceive things.

And try as I might to avoid it, I often end up falling into the same hole, over and over. I know it’s there, I know how to get out, or to avoid it completely, but there I am – deep in!

There’s a wonderful poem called There’s a Hole in my Sidewalk by Portia Nelson. It’s something I try go back to over and over, and each time I think “Aaah, this makes so much bloody sense”. Even if I can’t always live it. Here it is, dude. It’s a goodie. And I think it might save a whole lotta Kleenex.

Chapter One
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.

Chapter Two
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter Three
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit … but, my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

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

Chapter Five
I walk down another street.

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1 Comment

  • Jess Mckay

    My new favourite poem and something to live by!

    September 11, 2012 at 11:40 am Reply
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