Oct 21


I hope you’ll take a few short minutes to read this lovely share from our friend “Old Chicka” as she relates how Al-Anon has made a difference in her daily walk.  I believe you will be blessed and inspired.  I know I am…


I’m a grateful member of Al-Anon.  Before joining this group I felt hopeless, helpless and worthless.  My life consisted of being dragged through one bad dream after another without any sense of how I could better a situation that had gone on, in one form or another, my entire life.

Through this program I’m slowly learning to remain conscious and alert to my deeply ingrained feelings of helplessness, to evaluate each situation, my responsibility in it, and my response to it.  It’s an ongoing process I sometimes fail to apply in time to stop the backslide to where I’ve spent most of my life, but it’s so much easier now to climb out of the despair pit and get back on track!

The following which, pre-Al-Anon, made NO sense to me, is now one of my go-to reflections when my thinking runs amuck:


Old Chicka

Life in Five Short Chapters

 by Portia Nelson

CHAPTER  1 . . .

I walk down the street. There’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. And I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.

CHAPTER  2 . . .

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 takes a long time to get out.

CHAPTER  3 . . .

I walk down the same street and there is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it there, and still I fall in. It’s a habit. But my eyes are open and I know where I am. It is my fault and I get out immediately.

CHAPTER  4 . . .

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

CHAPTER  5 . . .

I walk down a different street.




  • http://janedoerecovery.com/ Jane

    Thank you so much for your willingness to share Old Chicka :)    You are a true blessing to this community. Blessing and love along the journey, Jane

  • Ponderaforme

    You are truly blessed ..so happy to have read this post!

  • http://janedoerecovery.com/ Jane

    Thank you for stopping by to read it!  I know it was a huge blessing to me!  Hope you had a chance to look around and that you’ll keep coming back :)

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