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Jennifer Garner Found Inspiration in This Reverse Poem (and so Will You)

Tehrene Firman

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Despite what you might have deduced from your Instagram feed, nobody lives a perfect life. We all have good days—the sun is shining, you killed it at your morning boxing workout, and your favorite barista whipped up a flawless turmeric latte. And bad days, too—something goes wrong that changes your attitude for the worse and it lasts all day long. That’s just how it is. But putting a positive spin on a day that seems out of your control might only require a new perspective.

Jennifer Garner recently shared a reverse poem by Chanie Gorkin (who wrote it as a school assignment in 2014) on Instagram. It’s hitting home for thousands of her followers. When you first read through it, the poem described a relatable #worstdayever. Nothing good happens and happiness feels fleeting. But when you get to the end and read it again—this time from the bottom to the top—the same words become something completely inspiring.

Reverse poems burst with the power to inspire you to live your best life. When you’re feeling unworthy, thinking things will never get better, and that you’ll never make a difference in the world, a reverse poem might remind you that with a change in attitude, you can do and be anything you want. Here are five more that are sure to make you smile.

These reverse poems will inspire you to live your best life

1. Self-worth

2. It always gets better

3. Mindfulness

4. Make your mark

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I love this so much. #reversepoems #poetry

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5. Self-love

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|| Two new poems from my blog ||· Throughout my last 18 months of my 20s I am trying to encourage myself to do all the things I want to do which I don't think capable of, such as writing poems and running half marathons, booking solo trips and saving for long haul flights etc. Brian's refugee poem is probably my favourite bit of writing, ever. I know it is a bold statement but I just remember goosebumps reading it, I love reverse poems but the structure of the thought process behind them confused me. For someone who struggles to reverse a car, who has awful hand-eye coordination doing anything that isn't linear and straightforward boggles my mind so in 2019 style I decided to put pen to paper, gather 100 post it notes to see if I could write one. They are a reminder that you are capable of more than you will ever imagine, it is about picking up the pen, starting and looking at things a different way around, and not worrying how others perceive you.

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