How Many Times?


I’ve had a really bad week, and a really expensive learning experience. OK, NOW I understand how it works, but geez – Why do life’s lessons have to be so darned expensive? When I stumbled upon this poem, I had to laugh. How many times are you going to fall into the same hole?

From “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Autobiography in Five Chapters”

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’s a hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

5) I walk down another street.

Hopefully I can evolve to step 4….

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5 thoughts on “How Many Times?

  1. mickisue

    Hi, Carole,

    Thank you for this! It’s been a great morning so far. Heard Prince singing “I’m a Star” on the way in to my nutrition club, and now getting to read these words of wisdom!

    Immediately passed them on to my team.

    Thank you again!

  2. Beth


    For many years life lessons were always painful and difficult for me. My health suffered greatly as a result. Finally, when I realized that I was following Einstein’s definition of insanity (doing things the same way and expecting to get a different result), I changed how I reacted to these situations as they arise.

    No longer am I a drama queen or victim. Yes, I still have some challenges in my life, everyone does, but I work through them and they don’t escalate like they used to. I spend far less energy and time on them, but it is still an ongoing work in progress.

    Sorry to hear that you had such a rough week. I do empathize. My wish for you is that this coming week will be a week of ease and less expense.

    Focus on what you want to have happen, and then let it go. Letting go was the hardest thing to learn for me, but because I got such good results, I continue practicing that and it is getting easier.

  3. Carole Post author

    Hi Beth,

    Thanks for your encouragement. After reflecting on everything that happened, I will write about it in a few days. Now I understand how some situations leave us ripe for being taken advantage of.

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