Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide for Doing Anything Better) – Taking the Road Less Traveled

I’d like to share a short autobiography with you.  The words that follow aren’t my own – I wish I was this clever – but the words of Portia Nelson.  And yet, she’s managed to describe my experience with confronting difficulties to a T.  Most of the time I’d like to think that I’m evolved enough to be starting the story at Chapter 3.  And, that every once in a while, I get past Chapter 3 to Chapters 4 and 5.

But maybe that’s just wishful thinking…

Marker and ink illustration "At a Crossroads" by Joana Miranda

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters 

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 street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this 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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