Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Have you ever gotten into~~~~


Have you ever had a really serious situation that has been long-term, wear-you-down, how-did-I get-here-again, kind of situations and wondered HUH?

Well, I've been through quite a few, some serious, some not-so serious but unhealthy, and some just plain toxic throughout my whole life and find strength in books and words of wisdom, encouragement from friends and God.

First, I know this has nothing to do with stitching, it's just something that I would like to share because we all are human and also stitchers so if it helps one person, it's purpose was served.

I pull this out on a piece of paper frequently. It was given to me as I was recovering from my first marriage which was, well let's say toxic, and I was still walking in circles.
Thank God above, I got out of it.

But it doesn't have to be something to that extreme. It can be just a simple habit. I have several habits I would love " to kick" but it's sooooo hard.
Anyway, you may have heard of this before. A year after I had this and tucked it away for safe keeping for many recollections, someone gave me the name of a book from whence it came.
It's an older book but has some great information in it if you are feeling in a slump, like some days I do and wonder why this or why that when you find something is not working out well.
I think there are a few of us out there in the world. I have read through this at different points here and there. I hope you find it helpful.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

by Portia Nelson

found in book entitled Healing the Child Within by Charles Whitfield, MD 

1) 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.


2)  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 a long time to get out.


3)  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.

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


5) I walk down another street.


Just some thought for your Tuesday............

8 comments:

  1. Oh, how the Lord knows our nature! Father ALWAYS knows what is best for us! Thank you for these uplifting thoughts, you are an angel! -- have been reading you blog for over a year, & enjoy your posts.

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  2. Thank you so much. I just like to share what brings me strength in this day and time of craziness!

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  3. I think I'm on #4 right now....

    Thanks for the post Jennifer.

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  4. I here ya, Parsley! I think with certain situations, I'm not even at number 4 yet but with some I've gotten to number 5....but I think this is a powerful writing.

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  5. I don't think I've seen this one before. I like it - thanks!

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  6. It really is a powerful writing.
    I believe the Psalm you started
    the post with is the answer.
    We have to look to God in every
    problem. Our help comes from Him. There isn't a situation He can't
    get us through. From those toxic
    relationships, to illnesses, and
    everything else, God is the
    answer.

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  7. First off that is my ultimate favorite scripture verse...

    Second I know so much what you are saying.

    Third I just love the passage you just shared.

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  8. I loved this! Thank you so so so much for posting this!

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