There is a Hole in My Sidewalk

by Neseret on October 9, 2011

Tree Alley - Hornby and NelsonThere Is a Hole in My Sidewalk

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

By Portia Nelson


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.


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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.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael E Grubbs August 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

This is a VERY beautiful poem, thank you for this follow-up email Neseret. Oh bye the way, will I get a reminder link to the webcast?


Neseret August 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Hi Michael,

You’re welcome. Yes you will defintely get a reminder email about the webcast for each of the speakers.

Peace, Love & Gratitude,



Regina Palmer November 18, 2012 at 3:12 am

Good poem……in my wild days, I did the same thing over and over expecting a different result today I know that’s insanity. I was good at pretending everything was alright, denial…..I’ve had a lot of twists and turns. There came a day I was tired of being tired, the pain outwieghed the pleasure, I surrended, I walked down another street, and so it goes a day at a time. As for all those times I fell in the hole, it didn’t kill me, today I’m stronger…….the journey continues


Neseret November 19, 2012 at 2:09 am

Dear Regina,

Thank you for sharing.

Learning from our experiences is an important aspect of our journey here. Sometimes it takes us a few trips around the block before we really “get it”. However I do believe we learn from every experience in our life – if we choose to. Walking down another street means consciously choosing a different path. Ultimately that is the decision we have to make in every moment of our life in recovery. Every day we’re faced with crossroads and we have to choose to avoid repeating past dyfunctional patterns or new ways of doing and being. Indeed the journey continues and we continue to be presented with more choices.

Peace, Love & Gratitude,



grenville Norville March 21, 2014 at 1:12 am

I am only now making the effort to walk down another street,its been a verry long & painfull journey for me,its impossible foe me to be here, with out the help of my HIGHER POWER ,I know now that focus, is so important,& having confidence in my self & GOD, I will eventually achive my goals.


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