Welcome to the archived web site of
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
 
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit

Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated
While Dr. Friedman is no longer with us, there are still many helpful resources on his site. Articles and resource links have been relocated to the top. His family hopes you might find them helpful. But since this site is no longer being updated, some links may no longer work.

 


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Articles by Dr. Friedman (except where noted otherwise)

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From His Book | Meditations For Life | The Flow of Money, Business and Innovation | Transpersonal/Mind-Body | Approaches, Worldview and Will-isms

Skills For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | Feeling, Thought, Communication & Action

Strategies/Distinctions For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free

Awakening Stories/Metaphors For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | The Way It Is

Holiday Family Gatherings | Cartoons, Jokes and Humor | Poems and Quotes | Song Lyrics, Wit and Wisdom

Poems and Quotes

An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

by Portia Nelson, from There's a Hole in My Sidewalk

 

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 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.

 

(A suggestion for clarity: substitute "responsibility" for "fault" in chapter III.)


George Demont Otis     Pacific Ocean

Here's a map anyone could relate to. Living is a rough road indeed; one of unending problems. This poem's value and liberation is in the honest awareness, without the poisons of denial, defense or condemnation. When we look, we know which chapters we have been in, and which chapter we are presently inhabiting. The leading edge of our continued development is in reaching for the next rung up the ladder. God's command to "Grow and be fruitful" in leaving the Garden of Eden and journeying into the world, still remains a high watermark to live.

 
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