Chapters Of Our Lives: What Are You Writing This Year?

Chapters of the Book Of Life is written by each of us every year that we live.

“Every stage of life is a chapter of a book.Lailah Gifty Akita, Ghanaian author and founder of Smart Youth Volunteers Foundation tells us.

Chapter 57

Another writer, Donald Millers asks, “Every day you live is a page. Every year, a chapter. Your life, a book. What is it about?”

Fifty-seven chapters for me come February 2022.

About nine years ago,  at about this same time, in a different city and in fact country, my paradigm shifted. So much had changed, not due to anyone’s fault, not even mine.

Life happened and decisions made years before were coming to fruition. Sitting in my room filled with more memories than furnishings, my ever-faithful laptop provided solace.

Scouring the Internet, attempting to distract me from the remnants of the Christmas ‘blues’ in my heart, I came across this poem. Weeping as I heard my name being called by the silent voice of Portia Nelson, an “Autobiography in Five Chapters” became my soliloquy.

Have a read. In fact, this poem requires at least three readings.  Pour yourself a glass of wine or make a hot beverage and reflect on these power-filled words. Then answer the question,  “What chapter are you writing now?

Autobiography In Five Chapters

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.

Your Chapters

Powerful, no?

What chapter are you on? Check out the book and also share with us in the comments or on our Facebook page or Instagram profile what chapters you have already written.

Blessings,

2017

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