There's More Than One Way To Read This Poem. The Difference It Makes Is Uncanny.

Change your perspective, change your life.

"Worst Day Ever?" a poem attributed to 11th grader Chanie Gorkin of Brooklyn, New York, has been making the rounds for a few months now, but it recently reached the pinnacle of internet "viral" success by appearing on the front page of Reddit.

The poem captures a starkly grim worldview, but it has a very interesting twist.

Here's how it appeared on Reddit.

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The poem reads...

"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 attained
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 
Today was a good day."

But when you read the lines in reverse order, something very different happens.

Here's the poem in reverse order.

"Today was a good day.
And you'll never in a million years hear me say
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 attained
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 the absolute worst day ever."

What a great reminder that so much of happiness is about how we react to the things we can't control.

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