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PERSPECTIVE
11/1/2015 12:00:01 AM by: Patti Shene

 

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 ITS NOT TRUE THAT

IT’S ALL IN THE MND 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.

 

 

WAIT! LET’S RETHINK THIS!

 

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 MND AND HEART.

AND ITS 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

 

I can’t take credit for crafting this piece. I wish I could because, being a person who enjoys to work with words, this arrangement of ideas serves as a  brilliant example of the persuasive power in the organization and the order of  words. In case you didn’t notice, the second recitation mirrors the first. The phrases spoken from top to bottom, which portray such a negative outlook on life, repeated in reverse order, reflect a much more positive world view.

 

This clever collection of words teaches a lesson we can all apply to our daily lives. We can be on top of the world, but it’s so easy to tumble from that height when an angry word is hurled our way, an adverse situation crosses our path, we watch the news and hear about all the crime and poverty and suffering in the world and sometimes in our very own neighborhoods. Dwelling on those things for only a moment can lead us down a path of despair and hopelessness. We find ourselves trapped in a tunnel of belief that evil does prevail, that goodness is only a fleeting thing always beyond our grasp, and that happiness and satisfaction are as elusive as trying to pin a puff of smoke to a corkboard.

 

Or, we can be having the absolute worst day ever, and suddenly we are uplifted by a stranger’s smile, an unexpected phone call from an old friend, the laughter in a child’s voice. Moments like these are gifts from God, along with all that we take for granted. God says good morning in every sunrise and wishes us a good night’s rest in every sunset. He blesses us with a plethora of sights and sounds and scents by day and dazzles us with a display of a trillion diamond stars by night. If we wrap our minds around those freely given gifts and allow them to touch our hearts, we learn that it’s not that difficult to find ourselves standing on a mountaintop, basking in the joy of hope and fulfillment.

 

What’s your perspective? Do you constantly allow yourself to be pulled down out of the light into darkness, or do you strive to step out of the shadows into the light?

 

Never forget, it’s all in your control.


Patti’s Porch


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