The Hard Stuff: Overcoming Destructive Habits

Dear Daughters,

Read this poem about overcoming destructive habits, relationships, patterns, thoughts.

Autobiography in 5 Chapters

By Portia Nelson

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. It takes forever to find a way out.

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’m in the same place. But, it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.

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.

IV.

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

V.

I walk down another street.

Now read this.

I’m a victim and have no power.

It’s not my fault.

I see now. I’m responsible for my predicament.

I walked around to avoid the trap.

I chose a completely different path.

And this.

Despair.

Denial.

Accountability.

Courage.

Empowerment.

You can do it.

I did.

Many times.

All my Love.

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