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Autobiography in Five Short Paragraphs
—by Portia Nelson
(Stories for the Heart, 1996, ed. Alice Gray)

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.
I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the
sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in. 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.
I walk down the 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.
I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the
sidewalk. I walk around it.
I walk down a different street.

 

When you get into a tight place

and everything goes against you,

till it seems as though you could not

hold on a minute longer,

never give up then,

for that is just the place and time

that the tide will turn.

 

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”  ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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Alpine Counseling Services LLC
363 East Elkhorn Avenue
Suite 301
P.O. Box 2973
Estes Park, CO  80517
970-286-4886
(FAX) 866-291-0519