Change: Automatic Pilot

Change can be a challenge.

What do you think about when you are in the shower, cleaning your teeth or making a cup of tea? Are these activities you can do on automatic pilot? More worryingly; have you ever travelled a familiar route, arriving at your destination wondering how you got there, unable to recall the details of your journey?

We are clever. We can do many things without really thinking about them at all.

What should we do then, when we want to change the way we do something?  Being more present, or more aware of what we are doing, at the time we are doing it, can be the first step to making a change.

What would you like to change?

Does this poem resonate with you?

Autobiography in Five Chapters

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Portia Nelson

Poem from Mindfulness-West workbook

1 comment to Change: Automatic Pilot

  • This poem really resonates with me, I find that before I accept I have to make a change I have to go through some pain first! I’m changing some major aspects of my life at the moment (job, starting a business, moving house and relocating, moving in with a partner) and it is tough – the only thing keeping me going is remembering that changing nothing was sending me down that same old hole in the pavement! 🙂

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