Help for Mental Illness, Addiction and Life

Help for Mental Illness, Addiction and Life

Help for Mental Illness, Addiction, and Life.

This is an old one.  Each time over the past 30 years or so when I have read it, I can measure where I am on my road to wellness.  I’m certain to recognize myself somewhere there.  I’m sure some of you have seen it before.  It’s a good one.

 

An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters.

 I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

It isn’t my fault,

I am lost.  I am helpless.

It takes forever to find a way out.

 

2. I walk down the same street.

I pretend I don’t see the hole.

I fall in again.

I can’t believe I’m in the same hole.

But it isn’t my fault

It still takes me a long time to get out.

 

3  I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it there.

I  fall in.  It’s a habit.

It’s my fault.

I  get out immediately.

 

4,  I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

 

5.  I walk down a different street.

(I should know who the author is but…Author Unknown)

If you know the author, remind me please.

 

 

 

I take a different street most often now, but I sure didn’t always.  I spent day after day falling in that darned hole and having to spend more time struggling to get out.  It was an exhausting way to live.   But each time I came across this story I could measure my progress by which chapter I could relate to then.  For the longest time I didn’t even know there was another street.

 

Do any of you have a story or poem that you can strongly relate to now and have related to over the years?  I’d love to hear about it.

I hope you are enjoying the more Autumn-like weather we (here on the west coast of Canada anyway) are enjoying this week.

Stay well,

Tillie

 

 

 

 

 

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