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Unread 07-21-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters a poem by Portia Nelson

Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters
a poem by Portia Nelson, published in her book
There's a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

Chapter 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.

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

Chapter 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 ... but,
my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV

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

Chapter V

I walk down another street.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 05:35 PM   #2
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Hello everyone. Bright blessings to you all.

Saint and Nan, thank you do much. I understand the poem sent all too well.

I am just popping in as an extremely tired Tryn, to say all is well. My relapse is over and i am looking forward to my group tomorrow and moving on once more.

As an alcoholic i will always been in a fight with my disease. As i grow and become more accomplished at dealing with it, it will become easier. I am sure of it. It just happened to get "one over on me" over those 3 days. I am back to myself. Resiliant and determined to learn from this experience.

There was a time when my drinking threatened my liberty, my morals, my ethics and my principles. Now i am only aware that alcohol will "miss out the middle man" and go straight to taking my life.

Be peaceful, be healthy and be strong. Loveness to all.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 05:22 AM   #3
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Nan,

Thank-you! That is a wonderful poem!!!!!

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Unread 07-22-2013, 05:39 AM   #4
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Tryn,
My friend... Dangerous thinking!!! It did not "just happen to get one over on you". You have tools available to you that you did not use. You did not reach out in your time of need before you drank!. Alcohol will always be lying in wait. We need to monitor our thinking, be humble enough to reach out and accept the help of others. We often set ourselves up for drinking before we actually do.

Stay Vigilant and keep at it. You're making progress!!

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Unread 07-22-2013, 05:35 PM   #5
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nan, I know a similar story. It is about a jaywalker who does the same thing.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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Tryn, I'm glad you relapse is over & your looking forward to your group tomorrow & moving on.
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