Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

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 street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this 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.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters, by Portia Nelson

(thank you Sorella)

12 Comments leave a comment below

  1. I love this. Very entertaining. Perfect for a society that likes to insure information quickly and easily.

  2. Love it!

  3. This is genius! Love it.

  4. I loved this story. It reminds me of Berna Wang (http://lamiradaoblicua.bitako.com/). I know it’s not the same, but it makes me feel the same way.

  5. Wow. In wich chapter am I?
    So simple, so deep.

  6. Women in their fourthies are playing Chapter five. It is not so adventurous like in the other chapters, but tears are less. Genius story!

  7. Love it. Finally getting the teachable moment.

  8. you know it’s true when it makes you smile and say aw man you got me…

  9. brilliant!!!! i think im between chapter two and three :)

  10. yep! it’s your call…

  11. Chapter Six

    I walk down another street.
    There is a dirty puddle in the sidewalk.
    I see it there.
    I’m used to walk around holes.
    I step in…

  12. This is a story that was given to me by one of my teachers my very first semester at Phoenix College. That was three years ago and I graduated in May. I’ve always remembered it.

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