Meet Chanie Gorkin, a sociable, studious senior this fall at all-girls Beth Rivkah High School in Brooklyn, NY. Last November a teacher assigned her to write a theme on the topic, "Worst Day Ever." As an Orthodox Jew, Chanie doesn't believe in worst days, so instead she wrote a verse which teaches about finding the good hidden in every moment. Her Mom explains one of the major tenets of Hasidic philosophy is that "there is God in everything and it's part of our mission in life to look for the good." Her poem earned an "A" and appeared in an anthology, where it was forgotten until last month. While Chanie worked as a camp counselor without internet access, it suddenly went viral. Enjoyed by thousands on social media, it's been translated into Russian, Chinese, Hebrew and Italian and featured on ABC and NBC. If it lifts your heart, feel free to share this post.
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
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
Its 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
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 from the bottom up and see what I really feel about my day.