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............


  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.

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

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

    Thanks for the post Jennifer.

  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.

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

  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

  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.

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


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