Is There a Hole in your Sidewalk?

blog spirit Feb 16, 2021

With the theme of love today, I want to remind you that the greatest love you can cultivate is that of self love. And that starts with be willing to let go of limiting patterns and habits that don't serve you, and choose a new way. 
 
I want to share a poem I first heard the late great Wayne Dyer recite, at an I Can Do It event. When I heard it, it was like a lightbulb moment of how we get into our habits. It highlights the importance of awareness and our power to choose differently.
 
You may have a habitual pattern of not showing up for your goals and dreams, or constantly doubting your gifts. Maybe it's a pattern of being in a toxic relationship and putting others needs ahead of your own, to your determinant. This beautiful and powerful poem, illustrates how we fall into these patterns over and over.... until we choose a different route.
 
Have a read below. I'm sure you'll gain the same awareness I did the first time I heard it.
 
There's a hole in my sidewalk by Portia Nelson
 
“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.”
~Portia Nelson
 
Powerful right?
 
What habits have you gotten into that's holding you back? Are you willing to choose a different ‘sidewalk’? Because this is truly the path to self love.  

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