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Watch Out for the Hole!

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters,
by Portia Nelson.

From her book, There's a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery. Spotted on p.32 of the The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Chapter One

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost. . .
I am helpless.
It is not my fault.
It takes forever to find my way out.

Chapter Two

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in.
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.

Chapter Three

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.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter Four

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

Chapter Five

I walk down another street.

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I just shared that with everyone

on my email list... thanks! Good stuff.

"I don't know if the world is full of smart men bluffing
or imbeciles who mean it."

Nice quote

It is even harder to go around holes when one chooses to join a herd of sheeple, instead of choosing to walk on the sidewalk alone.

Thank you.

Thank You Michael

I sent this to my family as an email we will all remember forever that is filled with meaning. Thank You.

Arapahoe County/Centennial/Denver Colorado


I walk down another street eating chocolate.

I step into a deep hole filled with peanut butter.

The combination of chocolate and peanut butter was so great, I had to share it with the world in the form of a cup.. peanut butter chocolate cup.

"You got peanut butter in my chocolate!"

"You got chocolate in my peanut butter!"


What about chapter 6?

Chapter 6

When I see others, I try to warn them about the hole in their street.
They can choose to listen.
Or they can go through all the chapters that I did myself.
The choice is theirs.

Thanks for a thought reflecting post!=)

Watch Out for the Hole

Michael, great parable.

Portia, I've got one quibble, the use of "another." I'd opt for different instead of another. Different conveys singularity and nonrelation, whereas another conveys addition and relation.

To the RPer, I know my quibbles get on the nerves of some of you. I don't make them to irk you or engage in superior-inferior discussions. Merely I want my detailing to hone intellect. The person who comprehends freedom has got to articulate himself better than the person behaving against freedom articulates himself. For me the DP is the source for education about freedom and has bettered me intellectually.

Through mastering language, you'll gain freedom for yourself and create it or increase it in whomever you are in contact with, provided that person is naive rather than subversive. The more often you act freely, including dileneating it, the better freedom will breathe in your community. The better it breathes in each of our communities, naturally freedom will emerge in what our communites comprise, the whole that is our country, the United States.

To the degree freedom spreads is the degree you have constructed defense for yourself, an indirect to direct relationship.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Excellent reading

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. For myself, not an easy read by any means. Historically, I haven't much experience with the writings of Tibetan Buddhism.

That's the way it should work

Unfortunately, most people are practicing Einsteins's definition of insanity, doing the same thing (voting the same way) over and over again and expecting different results.

Jim Rogers

Yep, that pretty much sums up these years


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Joη's picture

Life happily repeats its lessons until they are learned

(better than most teachers that way)

Unfortunately time still kills all its pupils.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

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Unfortunately time still kills all its pupils.

Time, The Conquerer

Time may heal all wounds,
But time will steal you blind.

In a way yes. In a way no, since we never die.

Energy is neither created nor destroyed, it merely changes forms. Currently there is an energy form on earth called 'Michael Nystrom'. That energy form will age and subsequently change in strange and unpredictable ways at the hands of its teacher, Time.

Who knows what kinds of curve balls Time will throw my way. Maybe she'll try to bean me! (Lord knows she's already done it countless times.) Who knows what is coming down the pike for any of us.

As teacher Time molds and changes us, eventually we wear down and get rubbed out (literally). But that energy that is 'you' doesn't disappear. It disperses in the world, to different effects.

Look what happened when they killed Jesus, Gandhi and MLK. Look at what happened when the Buddah, and Mohammed died. Their energy was dispersed to the four corners of the earth.

And what about that most peculiar man? Even his energy is dispersed among us.

Time is definitely a patient teacher. She's got all the time in the world.

But the question still remains, what becomes of the consciousness entity 'Michael Nystrom.' We can all accept the Law of Conservation of Energy as it applies to physical matter. But what of consciousness? That begs the question - what is consciousness?

Most neuroscientists (if they have an opinion) believe that consciousness is an emergent quality of the physical structure of the brain. Did you ever see the movie Surrogates? Not the greatest Bruce Willis film, but worth it for the interesting concept. Kind of like a physical 'Facebook' in some respects.

Anyway. Back to your point and my counterpoint.

Time doesn't kill its pupils. It only appears to. Because in reality, we never die, and there is no such thing as time outside of the human mind. 'Time' is just a collective hallucination.

(in my opinion)(but that goes without saying)

With science pointing in the direction

of mind transcending brain, and other interesting discoveries, we are becoming aware of being spiritual as well as material beings. Someone may kill your body, but there is growing evidence that your 'soul' remains.

Reason and logic don't oppose finding the purpose of spiritual work. In fact, they presuppose it. Some may continue to remain materialists against all evidence, just as there are actually Republicans out there who believe in "anybody, (including Mitt) but Obama" as a way to keep the party going. But the evidence for both continuing existence and the Resurrection of Jesus are strong enough to convince skeptics. (at least those willing to look at the full range of evidence, such as Allen Rex Sandage)

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

"Throughout the centuries

... there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision."
— Ayn Rand


I read that 4 times, what a fanatastic metaphorical description of the experience of awakening to the truth. Hopefully the masses have fallen down enough cracks in the sidewalk of the constitution and have awakened to take another path, freedom and liberty. Go Ron Paul!

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