Autobiography in Five Chapters

Autobiography in Five Chapters

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 4)

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

Chapter 5)

I walk down another street.

Portia Nelson 
From: Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying 

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