The Hole in the Sidewalk

This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and it’s a good reminder that we need to take responsibility for our actions.

Portia Nelson wrote There’s A Hole In My Sidewalk: Autobiography In Five Short Chapters and it goes like this…

Chapter I

I walk down the street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in. I’m lost and I’m helpless.
It isn’t my fault, and it takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter II

I walk down the same street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it, and I fall in again.
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.

Chapter III

I walk down the same street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it’s there. I still fall in. It’s a habit, but my eyes are open.
I know where I am. It’s my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter IV

I walk down the same street.
There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk, and I walk around it.

Chapter V

I walk down a different street.

I think we can all relate to this story – which is a great reminder that you’ve got to take responsibility for your habits and your choices.

Once you begin to take responsibility for your actions,

then, and only then, will you be willing to look for a way to change.

So take responsibility for your habits and your choices, and don’t keep repeating the things that lead to failure.

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