Tag Archive: Wisdom


This poem has been floating around for years but just in case you haven’t read it here it is again, a tiny, but powerful slice of wisdom:


Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

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 me 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 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.

Copyright (c) 1993, by Portia Nelson from the book There’s A Hole in My Sidewalk. Reproduced with kind permission from Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, Oregon.

A Dose of Happiness

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Happiness Paradoxes
“The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.” —Niels Bohr

Accomplish more by working less.

Keep an empty shelf, and keep a junk drawer.

Strive to be emotionally self-sufficient so you can draw closer to other people.

Accept yourself, and expect more of yourself.

Everything matters. Nothing matters.

Trying to be more virtuous can undermine your sense of virtue.

Hell is other people. Heaven is other people.

Silence is sometimes the best reply.

Flawed can be more perfect than perfection.

Make people happier by acknowledging that they’re not feeling happy.

Spend out, to become rich.

Succeed by failing.

Think about yourself so you can forget yourself.

Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.

Be selfless, if only for selfish reasons.

Being very accessible sometimes makes it hard to connect with people.

Sometimes material desires have a spiritual aspect.

Wait. Now.

You can be generous by taking.

Use numbers to throw away enumeration.


Get a nice printout of this at:

The Happiness Project