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Extract from TA Today – A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis (2nd edition) Page 291-2:

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 feel lost …I am helpless

    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 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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