We all have automatic behaviors. Part of the work I do with parents is teaching them to respond differently to their children.

It can be  extremely challenging for one to change his “automatic pilot". 

A change of habit doesn’t happen overnight, but through a slow process of learning... just like in the following story.

Autobiography in Five Chapters

by Portia Nelson

I

 

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.

 

II

 

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'm in the same place.

But it isn't my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.

 

III

 

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.

 

IV

 

I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.

 

V

 

I walk down another street.

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