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Five Short Chapters on Change!

I love this! I published it in my first book, “The Path to Wholeness” in 1993.  It still has meaning today.

“Five Short Chapters on Change”

Chapter 1.
I walk down a street and there’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. It takes forever to get out. It’s not my fault.

Chapter 2.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It still takes a long time to get out. It’s not my fault.

Chapter 3.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It’s becoming a habit. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter 4.
I walk down the same street and see the deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter 5.
I walk down a different street.

-Portia Nelson

What do you keep recreating in your life?  Right now you can walk down a new street.  This is the year for a lot of new streets.

If you want to learn more on this dynamic of how we keep ourselves stuck experiencing the same things over and over, watch the movie “Ground Hog Day.”

Ask yourself, how many days to I keep living the same issue over and over?

  • First, stop talking about it.
  • Second, choose a new thought every time it comes into your mind.
  • Third, own it and in that moment say, “I love myself and I forgive myself, I am on a new street!”

It is the year of endings and new beginnings and it is easier to let go and change than ever before.

God Bless You,
Carol Tuttle

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Carol Tuttle

Carol Tuttle is a teacher, speaker, healer, and best-selling author of five books. She has dedicated her life to helping people worldwide create the lives and relationships they desire. She blogs to support you in creating your ideal life.


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  • Shiree

    Thank you for this post. I have already made some changes!

  • Darcia Dillard

    One of my favorite poems. I come back to it often.

  • andrea

    Thanks for sharing. I came across this writing a few years ago but needed the reminder.