There are poems that you come across several times in your life. The first time you may find them beautiful, poetic, or even touching. But you’ll understand the deeper meaning – or one of many because the good poems leave much room for interpretation in my opinion – later. Much later, when a good deal of life is behind you and you can look back at many times of pain and also many times of joy.
The Autobiography in Five Short Chapters by Portia Nelson is such a poem. When I read it the other day, I understood it for the first time and was moved by the profound truth of these simple lines….