Change of Heart: A Children’s Rhyming Story

Change of Heart

 “Why do you look so sad?” asked my friend Chad.

 “It’s because of the bad day I’ve had!”

 He asked, “What’s wrong with your eyes?”

 Now that was a big surprise!

 As he and I sat to chat

 I asked him what he meant by that.

 He relied, “You’re looking at things all wrong

 And that can make you sad all day long.

 You have people who love and care,

 Good food to eat and clothes to wear.”

 I said, “Yes, of course that’s true.”

 Chad added, “Some folks don’t have what you do.

 I said, “You are right in what you say

 But I have had an awful day.”

 He said, “You can’t smile when wearing a frown

 “Or see the sun when looking down.

 I nodded my noggin and had to agree.

 Today began to look good to me.

 “You’re right! I’m having a wonderful day!”

 I thanked Chad and went on my way.

 Now when things go wrong for a while

 I turn my frown upside down

 Into a smile.

 –Russ Towne

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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20 Responses to Change of Heart: A Children’s Rhyming Story

  1. Wonderful poem Russ and the truth is we wouldn’t recognize joy with sorrow. ❤
    Diana xo

  2. Oh, yes. positive thinking works every time. ❤ ❤

  3. wonderful poem and reminder Russ 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. I really liked this

  5. utesmile says:

    This is fantastic and really makes you think of changing when you have a bad day! Thank you for your smile!

  6. ksbeth says:

    what a great, message. applies to anyone –

  7. I think I like these friends. Who talk and listen to one another. 🙂

    • russtowne says:

      Is there any other kind? ;-D! (Seriously, a big part of my definition of being a friend is one who’ll talk and listen. Talk, as in speaking their truth in a kind way. Listen, as in truly hearing what is said not only with words, but with eyes, actions, and body language.)

      Thank you for your comment, Colleen. You brighten my life by being in it.


  8. kmabarrett says:

    Thanks, Russ
    Refreshing! 🙂

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