Autobiography in Five Chapters

Autobiography In Five Short Chapters

by Portia Nelson

Chapter I

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes 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 this 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 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 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.

This beautiful  poem written by Portia Nelson, is a highly popular self-help and recovery text. During different stages of my life, specially during intense periods of personal growth, I often measured my ‘progress’ against the Chapters, using them to understand my own life’s journey as it unfolded! It would be useful for anyone committed to their personal growth…especially as the year 2013 is drawing to a close, and as we stand on the threshold of a new one, 2014!

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