The Recovery Highway

The Recovery Highway

Portia Nelson presents a very helpful way to look at the problem in her book, There’s a Hole in my Sidewalk; The Romance of Self-discovery:

Walk Down Another Street

Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters by Portia Nelson

I walk down the street.  There is a deep hole in the sidewalk, I fall in. I am lost…I am hopeless. It isn’t my fault.

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.

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

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

I walk down another street.