There are so many people who will spend hours trying to read a book about self discoverytrying to learnabout themselves and how to take control of their life There are so many times the world will love to see you crash and burn and never rise up again It is still unknown why the world does this but we humans learn to adapt and try and rise from the ashes like a phoenix and try to be stronger than before But we need help, we need guidance and where do people turn to for that Books B There are so many people who will spend hours trying to read a book about self discoverytrying to learnabout themselves and how to take control of their life There are so many times the world will love to see you crash and burn and never rise up again It is still unknown why the world does this but we humans learn to adapt and try and rise from the ashes like a phoenix and try to be stronger than before But we need help, we need guidance and where do people turn to for that Books Books have always held the true knowledge one person needs to make it through this crummy hateful world So they come into a library and check out every book about improving oneself and sometimes these books will go on for days talking about nothing, then something, then back to nothing at all Most of the time you have no idea what you just read and feel evendown for you think you are too dumb to understand the information Don t feel too bad Most of those books are from doctors who have made in through the crummy world and thinks they are better than you So they fill up their books with weird jargon they know you will never understand but if the author has a MD or other letters at the end of their name people will assume they know what they are talking about and buy the book.I ve got some news for youyou are wasting your time Oh sure, there might be a good book here or there from a doctor that went through some tough times but they still make it hard for you to understand Try reading books by PEOPLE that went through the same situation, has the same financial situation as you do and is an actual human being, not someone who might or might not be true And who better than to hear encouraging words than Portia Nelson You remember Portia Nelson, right She was the tall Nun in The Sound of Music who didn t like Maria at all, but then helped Maria and her family escape at the end Well, she wrote this book called There s a Hole in My Sidewalk Interesting title don t you think Well, here is the rest of the story Chapter OneI 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 forever to find a way out.Chapter TwoI walk down the same streetThere is a deep hole in the sidewalkI pretend I don t see itI fall in again.I can t believe I am in this same place.But, it wasn t my faultIt still takes a long time to get out.Chapter ThreeI walk down the same streetThere is a deep hole in the sidewalkI see it is thereI still fall in.it s a habitbut,my eyes are openI know where I amIt is MY faultI get out immediatelyChapter FourI walk down the same streetThere is a deep hole in the sidewalkI walk around itChapter FiveI walk down another street Make sense Of course it does You keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result, all you going to do is fall in the hole and mostly likely it s the same hole that you just dug yourself out of Sometimes it s a habit that is hard to break and you just keep falling in The last two chapters are talking about how to see the trouble ahead, identifying the trouble before it happens and figure out that hey, there is actually a different option to take.like walk down another street.Throughout the book Portia wrote poems about finding things out about yourself that you never thought of before Since most people can relate to poems, that is the format that she used in this book Let me tell you, there are so many things I found out in me that I never knew existed if it was for this book She makes it so easy to understand, and she doesn t use words that you have to look up in the dictionary She talks to you in the language that we all understand and she uses words that make you think twice of the meaning Once you do, you will finally have that a ha moment I really don t know why this book has such great reviews and is considered a wonderful self help book The best part of the book is Autobiography in Five Short Chapters , which I indeed like a lot The rest of he book is poorly written and edited with silly thoughts printed on paper There were a couple of well written pieces that had some substance but most of it was not very insightful. This book needslove There are some true words of wisdom in here, from a woman who has been around I think i got it when i was 15 I took it everywhere with me It s been through everything with me If it ever turned into a person, it would know my deepest secrets I have lovingly worn the crap out of it to the point where it barely has a cover now and it s abused with highlighting and pen everywhere I would always write down my responses to what she said lol As if she was there listenin This book needslove There are some true words of wisdom in here, from a woman who has been around I think i got it when i was 15 I took it everywhere with me It s been through everything with me If it ever turned into a person, it would know my deepest secrets I have lovingly worn the crap out of it to the point where it barely has a cover now and it s abused with highlighting and pen everywhere I would always write down my responses to what she said lol As if she was there listening to them I loved that thing to it s literal death I learned so much from it and i recommend everyone show their pre teen or teenager this book Truly, do it for the children The author skillfully express self awareness in delicate but direct terms Simple to read, can be taken in short segments This book doesn t tell you what to do, but rather make you think about who you are. This was a great book full of poems that show how one can lead to self discovery It is full of practical advice, especially in terms of relationships and how one can lose themselves in the mist of one and then how to discover yourself after and during This is a great book that shows how life really works. I was given this book years ago and read excerpts, but just picked it up again to read it through.What a delightful, funny, realistic read I found my self saying over and over, That s exactly what I feel , Ha I thought that too All should read it to help them understand themselves, their relationships and restore their sanity Insightful, humorous, touching, and inspiring are just a few words used to describe this well loved collection of poems and truisms by the late Portia Nelson Designed to inspire self discovery, There s a Hole in My Sidewalk includes stirring poems that gently lead readers to embrace a authentic selfIndividuals, therapy groups, the self help community, and twelve step programs around the world have embraced this classic book There s a Hole My Sidewalk is the perfect motivational gift for yourself, your friends, or your family I adore this book Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters the poem has meant a lot to me over the years I just learned about the book recently So much of it resonates with me but from a different perspective of self discovery I am astoundedat how long it takesto discoverfor the first time,the things I have learnedover and over againall my life. This is a short, quick book to read but has a wealth of wisdom to reflect on I will be rereading it from time to time because it is the kind of book that will always have something new because you will always read it from a different mindset and the words will be fresh for a new state of mind. Amazing book of quotesI could relate to each one of them intimately as if the author was talking to me about my own lifea must read for every seeker.