MKE Week 3 (2021)-There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk

Stumbling sucks! Falling down sucks. Failing sucks!

I have stumbled and fallen down on my Hero Journey. Why did I stumble? Why did I fall down? I am upset with myself and embarrassed. I’m so embarrassed, I had a thought that let’s pretend that I didn’t stumble so that I would look good. However, the real truth, I have stumbled. By pretending and hiding, will only put more rubbish on me. This is not a good way to start on any journey.

When a person fails, falls, or stumbles, what does it mean? Does it mean I suck? Does it mean that I can’t accomplish my goals & dream? Does it mean that I’m no good? Well, it means NOTHING. There is no meaning. There is no meaning when a person fails, falls, or stumbles. failing falls, stumble means nothing.

This reminds me of the story “There is a Hole in My Sidewalk” is a poem written by Portia Nelson that beautifully describes the stages of transformation in a simple and concise way. Most people live life on autopilot. They keep repeating the same actions, expecting to get a different result, living a life of stagnation and no growth. 

The Poem emphasizes the importance of honest self-reflection throughout life. It is only through taking full responsibility and learning life lessons that one can travel the beautiful self-discovery journey. It is a commitment to becoming a better and bolder version of oneself. 

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

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.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes me 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.”

As a word of advice, when you fail, stumble, miss the mark, and you feel the entire world is crumbling, exercise you WILL to continue your project & journey, and building. Start afresh again! You can be what you will to be! Continue your journey without the burden of unnecessary knowledge or meanless opinions of others to discover your true power & nature. You can be it! You can do it!

One Comment

  1. What an encouraging post, Ched! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the poem. WHAT WE THINK ABOUT EXPANDS so we choose not to think about the hole, right?

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