Are you currently having a good day or the worst day of your life?
To answer that question, one needs to focus on their own opinions and overall perspective. A viral Facebook post that recently resurfaced online serves as a good reminder of just that.
Within the post, which is being shared and circulated online by numerous sources, there is a reversible message with a changeable tone.
According to Today Parents, the poem – originally titled “Worst Day Ever?” was initially written by Brooklyn high school student Chanie Gorkin. The poem went viral after Londoner Ronnie Joice found the poem posted on a local bar wall and shared a photo of the poem on Twitter.
At first glance, the tone of the message seems very negative – especially since it starts with mentioning the words “worst day ever.”
The full text of the “Good Day vs Worst Day” reads as follows.
“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 because true happiness can be obtained only if one’s surroundings are good. It’s not true that good exists. I’m sure you can agree that the reality creates 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.”
Pretty depressing, right?
After reading the full text of the “Worst Day Ever?” poem, it is very easy to assume that this particular Facebook post belongs in the same category with all of the other sad and disheartening Facebook rants and depressing messages circulating online.
That is, of course, until you read the fine print instructions that are printed at the bottom of the page. After you have taken the time to read about the “absolute worst day,” the instructions advise you to then read the same post from the bottom up. Doing so will force you to change your perspective, because the new introductory statement changes from mentioning the “absolute worst day” to stating that “today was a good day.”
“Today was a good day and you’ll never in a million years hear me say that it’s all beyond my control. My attitude creates the reality. I’m sure you can agree that it’s not true that good exists only if one’s surroundings are good. True happiness can be obtained because it’s all in the mind and heart and it’s not true that satisfaction and happiness don’t last. Some goodness does shine through once in a while even if this world is a pretty evil place. Because, when you take a closer look, there’s something good in every day and don’t try to convince me that today was absolute worst day ever.”
You can review the “Good Day vs Worst Day” post line for line and realize that nothing changed about the words printed on the page – nothing at all. The words, phrases, and statements that were so depressing and saddening at first glance have all of a sudden transformed into an inspirational affirmation of sorts.
The only thing that changed between the two readings was your perspective. When you read it normally, it seemed acceptable that today was the worst day ever. For many people, a bad day may occur just like that – easy to accept as such. However, after you take a moment to change your perspective and look at it from a different direction, the same day seems to transform instantly.
Think about the vast number of people that share their feelings about having a good day or worst day on Twitter alone.
Today was such a good day But also the worst day I’m so sad Bye
— emma (@ameliashephrds) February 26, 2016
A good day is when you can still wake up with a smile on yr face even tho it’s Tuesday (officially the worst day of the week lol)????
— Kiti_kat13™ (@kiti_kat13) March 1, 2016
I was gonna say this has been a good day, but it hasn’t and now I just remembered I left my tea and it’s cold. This is the worst day :'(
— Emily |-/ (@UFOria_TheDark) March 2, 2016
Like.. Even if it’s the worst day ever, it’s still a good day because you have them in your life. Those types of people are hard to find.
— Gabbie Lujan (@gabbie_lujan) March 4, 2016
how could such a good day turn into the worst day of my life
— ciara❁ (@_ciaraking) March 5, 2016
However, as mentioned above, whether you are having a good day or the worst day of your life is based on your own opinions, thoughts, and overall perspective. It’s not surprising, then, why the “Good Day vs Worst Day” Facebook post is making waves on Facebook. Most people would agree that there’s nothing wrong with a helpful reminder to be willing to change your perspective – especially when things don’t seem to be going your way during an alleged “worst day ever.”
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