Life in Five Short Chapters
Excerpted from “There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk” by Portia Nelson
I walked down the street and there is a big hole in the sidewalk and I fall in – I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find the way out.
I walk down the same street and there is a big hole in the sidewalk; I pretend I don’t see it and I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in the same place! But, it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street and there is a big hole in the sidewalk; I see it is there and I still fall in. It is a habit, but my eyes are open and I know where I am. It is my fault and I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street and there is a big hole in the sidewalk; I walk around it…
I walk down a different street.
Roger Ebert: “I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”
-from LIFE ITSELF
Knowledge is limited; imagination encircles the world. ~ Einstein
What is now proved was once only imagined. ~ Blake
All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. ~ Brian Tracy
Try viewing this from the outside looking in: In the current U.S. presidential election, so many people are talking about voting “against” a particular candidate, and voting for “the lesser of evils” of two of the three candidates available. When considering voting “for” a candidate that appears to be anything but evil, maybe even the one with the best ideas and track record of following through, the common response is that this would be wasting a vote. Well, what if everyone “wasted” their vote…?