Poem by Portia Nelson…

Changing my habits…

Dr. Wayne Dyer used the following poem to introduce his audiences to the simplification of how to utilize self awareness to transform unconscious struggles into empowering choices.

The following poem was written by Portia Nelson recalling her life in five chapters.

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

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 me 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.
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.”

  • Portia Nelson

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