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Autopilot Moments

I recently came across a great poem by Portia Nelson called ‘There's a Hole in My Sidewalk’. Using the hole and the sidewalk as an analogy for how we navigate life’s path, it’s all about how what we think and do out of habit isn't always helpful.


Obviously functioning on autopilot is an ace skill for much of what we need to do to get through the day, but I’m pretty sure there are a good few automatic thoughts and behaviours I could live without.


So I’ve set myself a challenge: to identify and change one unhelpful habit every week for the next three months, and I’ll see where it gets me. Week one is tackling my default of being too shy to write a blog.



There's a Hole In My Sidewalk


I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am lost…I’m hopeless.

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’m 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 is 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.



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