Avoiding The Hole: How Not To Repeat Past Mistakes

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Emelda De Coteau
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bigstock_Road_To_Success_Green_Road_Sig_5032570I haven’t had it as bad as the mother from Langston Hughes’ poem, “Mother to Son.” But surely I can relate to the line, “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”

But, while some of us are winning the battle against the general atmosphere of hard times, others seem to be losing it. When I asked a trusted mentor how to cope with my own reaccuring frustrations, she handed me this poem.

Old habits are hard to break but we must learn to recognize unproductive patterns in all aspects of our lives. In what area of life are you frustrated? Maybe an evalutation of your own decisions could help you stop falling in the same ole holes.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE SHORT CHAPTERS
By Portia Nelson

I
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalkdanger-falling-sign-Medium-1024x928
I fall in
I am 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.

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

V
I walk down another street.

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Live in Color – Shannon

Celebrating Love and Poetry at Peace and a Cup of Joe

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
Emelda De Coteau
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On the first and last Friday of each month Dr. Ahmed presents Royalty Poetic Match Making at Peace and a Cup of Joe (713 W. Pratt St.), a charming cafe that often hosts poetry and live music performances.

Tomorrow’s event kicks off at 7pm ($10 admission, $7.00 for poets).  The schedule is chock full of features, from the featured poet, Alex Alexander to the featured married couple. Does that picture above (top corner) look familiar? It’s my husband and I! We’ll be discussing marriage, the joys and challenges, and the longevity of our relationship.

Poetry, love, relationships, oh so much to discuss and enjoy. We’re looking forward to it all!

Live In Color – Emelda

Jazz, Art & More, Fundraiser at Eubie Blake Center, May 26

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Jazz, art and wine, plus it benefits the community ceramic program at Eubie Blake Center. I’m there! On Sunday, May 26, The Friends of Eubie Blake present An Afternoon of Wine and Art with Eubie.

All of the fun includes a wine tasting, musical performance by Jimmy Wilson, poetry and dance. Get your munch on with light fare provided by Black Tie Caterers, The Eye Bar, Station Arts North Cafe, and others to be announced.