Choosing a Different Street

At some point last year, something went Click! and I suddenly found myself able to control…well, me. I’ve tried and tried to figure out what that something was, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on it. Now, I think I realize that there was no “it”, but rather a series of life experiences that finally coalesced into some sort of usable plan. I’ve discussed some of those here before, but one was lingering outside my memory bank until yesterday, when I was trying to find something to inspire a blogging buddy who’d lost his way.

How do you help someone change a mindset that, based on experience, expects to fail? Who knows a particular thing will lead to failure and does it anyway? I’ve done it myself so many times before. How am I able to avoid it now? I want so badly to know, to be able to share some valuable piece of insight that will help someone in need change his/her path.

Anyway, as I was pondering this question last night, a piece of prose I read eons ago (one of those life experiences I mentioned earlier) came to mind:

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters
by Portia Nelson

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 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 Three
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….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.

From the book There’s a Hole in my Sidewalk by Portia Nelson

standing there repaired sidewalk

If you find yourself knowing you’re going down the wrong road, one that leads to failure, and doing it anway, I hope you can find the strength to choose another street.

It’s my greatest wish for all of us.

Happy healthy Thursday to all!

P.S.
As usual, these are not my feet. :) Photo by zen.

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