I’ve been attending group for the past few weeks and this was one of the handouts we got. It’s about change and I really like it so I thought I’d share it.
“Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” Author Unknown
I. I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk, I fal in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault.
II. 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 takes a long time to get out.
III. 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, but my eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immeditately
IV. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk, I walk around it.
V. I walk down another street.
For me, that deep hole in the sidewalk has been self-injury. This makes me think about where I’m at in my recovery and I’d like to say that I can see the deep hole and can now choose to walk around it. Now I just need to make sure there isn’t some other deep hole to take its place since I am now choosing to be SI free.