Mental Health: Autobiography Poem

To me, the poem below describes exactly what OTs try to teach their patients when working in the mental health field.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT 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 helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes me 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 am 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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PS: I took this picture in my house. A bazillion mental dollars to anyone who can figure out what it is. Hint: It’s not a neuron. But it kinda looks like one, so it’s a wonderfully subtle (until now) picture for a mental health post!!

Jun 19, 2007 | Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: 2

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