There is a fabulous poem by Portia Nelson that illustrates how many steps it takes us to learn how to do things differently in order not to get the same result.  Reading it I realise that I have made the same, and similar, mistakes in various aspects of my life from relationships to investments and more over the years.  Luckily I have learned to walk down another street.  I wonder what these words will mean to you?

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS

1.
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 me forever to find a way out.


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


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.


4.
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.


5.
I walk down another street.

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