Wednesday, January 21, 2009

#26 Street Walking

I saw this poem many years ago in a Trevose Behavior Modification monthly newsletter. I keep it pinned to the bulletin board above my desk and every once in a while I take it down and read it. This poem could be about anything. Perhaps Ms. Nelson wrote it about procrastination or drinking or smoking, but for me, it's about dieting and weight control. I don't know this author personally, but I hope that she "continues to walk down another street".

Autobiography in Five 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 helpless
It isn't my fault
It takes forever to find a way out

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
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 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

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

I walk down another street

What I can share about my "street walking" is that although I too have found another street, I sometimes decide to take the short cut and find myself back in the hole. It's very frustrating and I get down on myself for my inability to keep to my healthy eating and exercise regime. Knowing all that I know about keeping a healthy lifestyle, I ask myself, How can you let this happen.... again? I think I finally found the right answer. I can let this happen because I'm human, and not superhuman. I recently responded to two different blogs. In one, I told the writer to stop being so hard on herself and in the other, I told the blogger that we all have good and bad days and that hopefully [when it comes to dieting] there are more good than bad. I need to take my own advice.

I am a positive person. I am a strong person. I am a hungry person. I will fall into the hole on occasion, but most of the time I know which streets to go around. However, I'm thinking that my future should have more Avenues, Lanes and Drives.....


Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

I know who you were talking about ;) When you walk on the other side of the street and you see me walking on the one with the hold, can you yell at me to stop being so stupid? lol

Great post. Very appropriate poem for me personally right now. But then, you knew that.

Bobbie's Babbles said...

Ditto for me. Just yell across the street and hopefully I'll listen!!!!

Juice said...

Great poem. Yesterday I fell in. Today is a different route (I hope!).

Thanks for visiting my blog by the way! My PB2 is supposed to be delivered today. :)