Think of Your Worst Day Ever–Then Think Again

The poem below has gone viral and been translated into multiple languages. It was written by an American high school student from a  deeply religious community. While she  has a belief in a “Supreme Being,” some might say she is too traditional or dismiss her as an idealist. In an age of “reason” or post enlightenment, it’s sometimes hard for some of us to get our minds around that which constitutes religious belief, what it means to believe in a “Supreme Being” or Oneness. It’s interesting that this concept was discussed recently on both Canada’s national radio station CBC and in a national newspaper. Why is there even an interest in talking about “God”? This young writer evoked a huge response in people; she helps us see how our individual lives are created by our own inner life.

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,
The 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 that 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.

Now that you have read this poem, do share what you too think about it. For me, the idea that every day is important, valuable, ephemeral and then gone, is an important guide post for living.  It probably comes with having passed the magic  or mysterious age of 65, and knowing there are not 40 more years down the road. So, now I know that it’s important to make every day relevant, beautiful, lasting…  in memories, in reflections, in hopes and aspirations?

The young woman who wrote this did not know her poem went viral.  I doubt that she wrote to influence others, but she has given a lot of people something to think about, something to believe in. She understands that our thoughts and attitudes, our decisions are ours, and we create our own satisfaction and happiness.

The world is indeed dark in many places these days, and the suffering is immense. It’s imperative that we each take responsibility for our own world view, and bring contentment through our personal perspective, and in so doing, we can indeed influence reality more broadly. I commend Ms Gorkin for her novel, heartfelt poem, and urge others to see the light in the world, and do more to illuminate it.

About modcpresident
I grew up in Calgary, where I completed a BA at the University of Calgary, then travelled and taught in Kenya and the Canadian Arctic during the heyday of Trudeaumania, hippie travel and social experimentation. I settled in Vancouver to complete a Master of Social Work degree at the University of British Columbia, and stayed another 8 years. After graduating I was a Social Planner and eventually became the Executive Director of the Social Planning and Research Council of BC. Ontario March of Dimes recruited me in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons and the 30th anniversary of the agency. It has grown from a budget of $5m in '81 to $100m in 2010. Services have expanded drafmatically. We incorporated a non profit housing corporation in 1992 and a national charity in 2001, and since 2006 the latter has operated as March of Dimes Canada. We own and operate several properties that provide accommodation and independent living services to 77 people in 4 municipalities and will add another property this year. Two other exciting non profit entities have been incorporated in my 30 years (yes, it has been 30 years!) and we expect to hold our first fundraiser in the US this year and to initiate our first service south of the border also. My role as President and CEO continues to be that of creating a vision, fulfilling the mission and developing strategic plans to meet an increasing demand for services from people with disabilities and their caregivers. This is achieved through direct service, advocacy and peer programs. On a personal note, I live with my 17 year old daughter and two cats, and enjoy their company a lot. My two adult sons are doing interesting exploration in their own lives and I am intrigued with how they are progressing. In my spare time, I have various volunteer roles on several non profit boards and committees, and enjoy creating programs for building awareness of diversity and disability. I think it has become true for me that youth is, while not "wasted on the young," something that I appreciate more with age. Adventures are physically more challenging for me now, so they have to occur in new dimensions.

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