To the Weedsport Community and the Staff,
The following is a fresh spin on the idea of perspective and the concept of viewing a glass (a situation) as half-empty (negative) or half-full (positive). Prepare to be wowed!
One thing that can be a challenge these days is maintaining an upbeat perspective. Faced with trying external forces, one’s internal decision to focus on the negative or the positive is a powerful choice in framing perspective. This is wonderfully exhibited in the following poem by Chanie Gorkin. Read it from top-to-bottom first and then bottom-to-top.
“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
It’s all in the mind and heart
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
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day”
So, this poetry reading exercise exemplifies how in control we all are of framing one’s perspective. Try to embrace a glass half-full or bottom-to-top perspective in these mentally jarring times – I imagine you will brighten your day as well as those around you!
By the way…read the poem again both ways…it’s brilliant!
Shaun A. O’Connor
Superintendent of Schools