Jennifer Gremillion | DEEP HOLES
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Dear Watchful Readers,

Portia Nelson wrote There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery.


I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am 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 am in this 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 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 immediately.


I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.


I walk down another street.

I love this short concise but poignant and profound piece.

How many times do we walk down the same street only to fall in the same hole? It took Portia five chapters, but it took me years. Years of falling, years of pitfalls, years of despair, years of struggling… damn years. But those years were never wasted. I was being molded and carved into a new being. Creating a new reality.

Accepting responsibility for my role. Stepping into my strength, courage, and power. Cultivating a healthy mindset, and safe and loving relationships. I’m keeping my eyes wide open to welcome the brilliance and clarity of a moment. Realizing when I’m on the wrong path. Detour sign. Caution sign. If I continue to enter, I fall into the deep holes. And climbing out of those deep holes can be humbling. But to get right back up and fall right back in is foolish. I’ve been the foolish one and the humbling one.

As my awareness increases, I get to choose. And I don’t want to choose lost and hopeless. I want to choose found and hopeful. I choose balanced, capable whole, and aligned.

What do you choose? What habits do you repeat? What habits do you ignore? What habits do you self-destruct in? May you be watchful. May you choose wisely. May you take the detour and cross the street.

Dr. Seuss said, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”


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