Even when I do everything right, things can still turn out wrong…

Most of my life, I’ve relied on experts to tell me what to do. Even when I did “all the right things”, I still ended up in trouble. Even now, knowing what to do doesn’t always mean that I do that. I stumble and make mistakes especially when I’m exhausted and I haven’t taken care of myself very well. When I’m rested and at ease, my day generally flows more easily. However, even that’s not a guarantee. Life is more like a series of science experiments than a true or false test. Keeping that in mind helps me stay in the flow. What keeps you in the flow?

Recently, a friend shared this poem that I’m sharing with you now. I’m reminded that I have choices and that it takes time for me to learn new things even when I think I’ve got it right. I encourage you to go easy on yourself today. Notice the holes in your sidewalk and make the best choices you can to move you closer to joy. Then, see what happens the next time.

“I’m no longer afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my own ship.” Louisa May Alcott

 Even when I do everything right, things can still turn out wrong...

THERE’S A HOLE IN MY SIDEWALK
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters  By Portia Nelson

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

“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” Unknown

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