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Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
By Portia Nelson 

1.  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.

2.  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’m in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out. 

3.  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. 

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

5.  I walk down another street. 

Copyright (c) 1993, by Portia Nelson from the book There’s A Hole in My Sidewalk. Reproduced with kind permission from Beyond Words.