The Worst Day Ever?

Wisdom comes from many sources; it's up to us to recognize and embrace it.  

The following poem is attributed to Chanie Gorkin, an 11th grader in Brooklyn, New York.   The poem originated as a school assignment in which students were asked to write about their worst day ever. 

Here's what Chanie wrote:

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day.

Now, read from the bottom of the poem to top to see the real meaning - and wisdom - of Chanie’s words.







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