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Archive for January, 2010

I came across this yesterday via the January newsletter of the lovely Marian Keyes. Marian suffers from bouts of depression and is suffering at the moment. Instead of writing her usual newsletter, Marian wrote a short piece to let everyone know that she wishes them a happy new year and that she is laid low with depression at the moment. She finished off with some quotes about depression which help her and to encourage and support others who find themselves in the same position. This one grabbed me and is by far my favourite:

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS

by Portia Nelson

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

Chapter 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.

Chapter IV

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter V

I walk down another street.

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