Turning the Auto-Pilot Off


This great and very true wisdom was sent to me from Theococa about my Nov. 2,’09 post “This Is So Perfect!” She knew it was another of those coinky dinks from On-High that are sent to us exactly when we—and usually many others—needs them. So I thank you very much Theococa for sharing this jewel of truth and wisdom. bluehugs


November 9, 2009


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 me 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
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’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.

3 thoughts on “Turning the Auto-Pilot Off

  1. Yes thank you Theococa…. I’ve been thinking about it all day… because it’s bound in the simple yet deepest truth yet. It is the reason why we’re experiencing those annoying, difficult people every now and then… because it’s that part of us that is either addicted to the drama… or wants to deeply learn from them and move on.

    I felt it was important to remember this so simple poem… so SO true.


  2. Thank you, Denise and Theococa! As always, this forgotten jewel has reemerged at the perfect moment–and it has attained greater significance through my study of the Enneagram.

    One’s Enneagram type represents the primary addiction which ensnares us, and each addiction results in a set of characteristic motivations and behaviors. As long as we ignore our true nature, we are caught within an endless loop of predictable actions and predictable outcomes. Like the narrator, we often walk down the same street and fall within the same deep hole–again and again, until we overcome our helplessness and denial, and finally, our habits.

    Beth (Type 4, Wing 3)

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