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Overcoming Pitfalls

Blog Post created by 4450102 Employee on Oct 24, 2015

Have you ever read Portia Nelson's poem "An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters" in her book There's a Hole in My Sidewalk? She so poignantly captures our tendency to fall into the same pitfalls again and again despite our best intentions. For me, this poem reflects the growth process that occurs in counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Camden, SC dedicated to serving military members and their families. My contact information may be found at jarenemoore.com.

 

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 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 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.

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