Friday, December 09, 2005

Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters



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.
I takes forever to find my 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.

By Portia Nelson


This poem sums up my life pretty handily. Sadly, I tend to repeat chapters 2 & 3 more often than I'd like.

21 Comments:

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Chick said...

I think I may be stuck in chapter 4 still : (

I'm glad you moved on.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger theresa said...

This is one of those stories that keeps repeating itself in different circumstances. Sometimes I'd like to say that I'd moved on and only walked down easy well-paved streets, but then that'd get kind of boring. What would I have to write about on my blog?

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Dick the Boomer said...

This is great because it is so subjective. I've repeated Chapters II and III before. I use my blog title is my daily reminder to move on to Chapter IV.

But on the other hand - you're right. How boring is that?

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Larry Jones said...

I thought I recognized you, when I was trying to climb out of that hole...

 
At 7:55 PM, Blogger Aisha T. said...

Oh yeah, subjective but, can definitely relate. But, like the chapters, how else do we learn?

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger Ed said...

That's very clever.
Can we get a map of those holes? :)

 
At 8:47 PM, Blogger theresa said...

Dick - Yep, it's all about the journey, potholes and all.

Larry - Sweetie, you were a step ahead of me. You reached in and offered me a hand to get out.

Aisha - Reframe: Mistakes = Lessons. Life can be a harsh but effective teacher.

Ed - If I had such a map, I'd probably still fall in the holes. I'm kinda goofy like that.

 
At 12:02 PM, Blogger ZooooM said...

This is so perfect. I almost never find the other street until after I've caused quite a bit of damage on the first one.

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Brea said...

I like this. Trust me, you are not alone in repeating the first few chapters.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Popeye said...

OK, I really like this. Should have read it earlier in the week and it might have saved me a post. . .

 
At 10:19 PM, Blogger Laurie said...

Oh man.. that was great.

I just experienced Chapter three over the past few weeks... I am now on to Chapter four and five!

 
At 10:39 PM, Blogger Laurie said...

I liked this so much I posted a link to it on my blog... along with your picture.. :-))

love ya!

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger Al said...

It usually takes me a long time to find the other street and then I will still walk down the "holey" one - Just for old-time sake and there's usually a great bar there

 
At 8:25 AM, Blogger Anonymous Assclown said...

You'dbe surprised how many people stay in the hole.

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous 3rdtimesacharm( 3T ) said...

Oh how full of truth! Most of my life lessons I learn from falling in the hole.

What a great find this poem is! Came thru via Laurie at Stranded in Suburbia. Glad I did! :-)

3T

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger Croaker said...

Oh yes I live that story, at least the first three chapters

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger AndyT13 said...

This poem makes me feel like a dep hole in the sidewalk. Bleah.

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger Rebecca said...

PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!
So many people fall in and don't know how to get out. Nice to see that you've changed direction on your route! :)

Seen you on Bougie's site - but surfed over from Laurie! :)

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger mona lisa said...

hey theresa, i linked over from laurie's site and this is off subject but, i'm in love with your glasses.

 
At 12:29 AM, Blogger theresa said...

Zoooom - You call it "damage", we call it a "Zooomy-Party".

Brea - Thanks. Sometimes I feel like a dumbass because I don't learn things the first time around. But at least I always keep trying.

Popeye - Save it for another week when you need it. I've been pulling it out a couple times a year since I found it 15 years ago.

Laurie - You ROCK! Good luck on your tests this week.

Al - You speak like a man with real-life experience. Glad to see you, Sweet Cheeks.

AC - Sometimes a miserable dark old hole is more comfortable than the scary unknown of a pretty new street.

3t - My best lessons have been learned from falling down.
Isn't Laurie the BEST!?!?!

Croaker - We've all lived this story in some way or another.

Andy - If you were the deep hole in the sidewalk, it wouldn't be so bad to fall in to YOU.

Rebecca - Good to see you here. You're right. Some people get stuck in the holes a lot longer than others. And even if you tell them how to get out, it doesn't always help.

Mona Lisa - Thanks. I have the same ones in shades. They're a lot of fun.

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger AndyT13 said...

That's sweet T. That makes me feel better actually. That stupid poem sounds just like the sort of thing my ex used to beat me abou tthe head and shoulders with. Obviously everything was all MY FAULT. Bleah.
Anyway I'm better now. :-) Hoopy Hallidays!

 

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