The brilliant poem below written by an eleventh grader from Brooklyn, NY is as powerful visual as I’ve ever seen on how our thoughts and words can change everything.

Here’s the trick: Read from top down first, and then again from bottom up, and notice how reading it each way makes you feel.

Worst Day Ever

by Chanie Gorkin

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
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

–From Inside Out Approach & the Outside In Approach

What is a thought or belief you’d like to reverse today?

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  • Ginny

    Such creativity. It’s amazing how she wrote this wonderful poem. Hope to hear more from this young lady.

  • Emm

    I loved the poem.
    It was powerful both ways.

  • nancy

    beautifully creative! Thanks for throwing the switch.

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  • Evie

    Is it meaningful that I first experienced this powerful poem on my birthday? Think so! Thanks for the gift!