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I came across this metaphor relating to personal learning & growth while listening to a Wayne Dyer CD many years ago. It has always stuck with me; it feels like it was written just for me…

A lady called Portia Nelson was at a seminar and was asked to write her autobiography – she was only provided a 5 x 7 card… and this is what she wrote:

Chapter 1

I walk down the street – there’s 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 my way out

Chapter 2

I walk down the same street – there’s a deep hole in the sidewalk

I pretend I don’t see it.  I fall in again.  I can’t believe I’m in the same place, but it isn’t my fault

And it still takes me a long time to get out

Chapter 3

I walk down the same street – there’s a deep hole in the sidewalk

I see it 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

Chapter 4

I walk down the same street – there’s a deep hole in the sidewalk

I walk around it

Chapter 5

I walk down another street…

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