The Road never taken before – Embrace the unknown

The following short poem by Portia Nelson got my attention when I heard Dr Wayne Dyer talking about our power to make different choices in one of his talks. 

Read it with an open heart and an open mind:

“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.” 

by Portia Nelson

When we take responsibility for our actions, we start seeing things differently. It is so much easier to shift the blame on to someone else, or something else. Is it the right thing to do?

We see in others what can also be found in ourselves. People in our life are holding a mirror to us. It is down to us, how we take what we see in the reflection. 

Our connections are there to remind us our wonderful qualities and also to help us deal with the shadow aspects of ourselves – what is triggering us and in what way.

When we have the inner strength we are able to face the qualities or behaviours that need our attention. 

What happens when we are not strong enough yet? The word to remember is YET! We are all on our own personal journey. And as such, we do it in our own pace. There is no need to force anything. 

True understanding comes from within and it is done by the heart not the mind.

Follow your inner voice.

What is it like looking back at your progress, actions, relationships – personal, romantic, business?

Has anyone hold up a mirror to you where you faced something that made you feel uncomfortable?

How did you act? Did you face it or you blamed the other person?

Has anyone showed you what a wonderful person you are and you are enough?

How did it make you feel? Did you trusted these feelings? If not, what held you back from trusting them?

End of a year is the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new cycle. It is down to us whether we are going to walk down the same path or we are going to choose a different path. 

Choose wisely.

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