Life can be incredibly difficult. Relationships. Money. Jobs. Responsibilities. Bullies. Fears. Disease. And the list goes on. But we must remember the flipside of struggle. Joy. Hope. Laughter. Drive. Children. Travel. Smiles. And love.

I stumbled upon this video created by the compelling poet Shane Koyczan. He provides us the powerful reminder of the flipside. The positive truths about our world and the beauty that lives within it. I hope this furthers your journey toward a positive life.

How did this video make you feel? What is your favorite part of life?

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65 thoughts on “46 Positive Truths Everyone Needs to Hear

  1. Margaret says:

    The first time I watched, I cried a little but I loved the line “By tomorrow today will have ended” and that makes me look forward to tomorrow.

  2. Krystal says:

    The first sequence instantley relaxed me. The video as a whole made me feel like I can do anything…everything will be okay! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Cheryl Allen Salinas says:

    “The weed growing through the crack — beautiful because it doesn’t know it shouldn’t grow there” (paraphrased) Don’t know why that part resonated most of all. Thank you.

  4. Elley Ison says:

    This really made me sit back, appreciate what i have and how much more i can give. Thank you for that 🙂

  5. Laurent says:

    Good morning
    I’m reading you from france and my English its not fluent enough to understand the words on the video, they go much too fast.
    Could you please make a transcription or someone may send It ot me please?
    Thank you for being there


    • Christine Martinez says:

      Here is the poem:
      “There will be bad days. Be calm. Loosen your grip, opening each palm slowly now. Let go. Be confident. Know that now is only a moment, and that if today is as bad as it gets, understand that by tomorrow, today will have ended. Be gracious. Accept each extended hand offered, to pull you back from the somewhere you cannot escape. Be diligent. Scrape the gray sky clean. Realize every dark cloud is a smoke screen meant to blind us from the truth, and the truth is whether we see them or not – the sun and moon are still there and always there is light. Be forthright. Despite your instinct to say “it’s alright, I’m okay” – be honest. Say how you feel without fear or guilt, without remorse or complexity. Be lucid in your explanation, be sterling in your oppose. If you think for one second no one knows what you’ve been going through; be accepting of the fact that you are wrong, that the long drawn and heavy breaths of despair have at times been felt by everyone – that pain is part of the human condition and that alone makes you a legion. We hungry underdogs, we risers with dawn, we dissmisser’s of odds, we blesser’s of on — we will station ourselves to the calm. We will hold ourselves to the steady, be ready player one. Life is going to come at you armed with hard times and tough choices, your voice is your weapon, your thoughts ammunition — there are no free extra men, be aware that as the instant now passes, it exists now as then. So be a mirror reflecting yourself back, and remembering the times when you thought all of this was too hard and you’d never make it through. Remember the times you could have pressed quit — but you hit continue. Be forgiving. Living with the burden of anger, is not living. Giving your focus to wrath will leave your entire self absent of what you need. Love and hate are beasts and the one that grows is the one you feed. Be persistent. Be the weed growing through the cracks in the cement, beautiful – because it doesn’t know it’s not supposed to grow there. Be resolute. Declare what you accept as true in a way that envisions the resolve with which you accept it. If you are having a good day, be considerate. A simple smile could be the first-aid kit that someone has been looking for. If you believe with absolute honesty that you are doing everything you can – do more. There will be bad days, Times when the world weighs on you for so long it leaves you looking for an easy way out. There will be moments when the drought of joy seems unending. Instances spent pretending that everything is alright when it clearly is not, check your blind spot. See that love is still there, be patient. Every nightmare has a beginning, but every bad day has an end. Ignore what others have called you. I am calling you friend. Make us comprehend the urgency of your crisis. Silence left to its own devices, breed’s silence. So speak and be heard. One word after the next, express yourself and put your life in the context — if you find that no one is listening, be loud. Make noise. Stand in poise and be open. Hope in these situations is not enough and you will need someone to lean on. In the unlikely event that you have no one, look again. Everyone is blessed with the ability to listen. The deaf will hear you with their eyes. The blind will see you with their hands. Let your heart fill their news-stands, Let them read all about it. Admit to the bad days, the impossible nights. Listen to the insights of those who have been there, but come back. They will tell you; you can stack misery, you can pack disappear you can even wear your sorrow — but come tomorrow you must change your clothes. Everyone knows pain. We are not meant to carry it forever. We were never meant to hold it so closely, so be certain in the belief that what pain belongs to now will belong soon to then. That when someone asks you how was your day, realize that for some of us — it’s the only way we know how to say, be calm. Loosen your grip, opening each palm, slowly now — let go.”

  6. Christine Martinez says:

    That was amazing! I loved the part where he said “Be forgiving. Living with the burden of anger, is not living. Giving your focus to wrath will leave your entire self absent of what you need. Love and hate are beasts and the one that grows is the one you feed. “

  7. Haley says:

    “Love & hate are beasts, and the one that grows is the one you feed” <—– LOVE THAT!! Love is not a feeling, it is an action.

  8. Dorie Raven says:

    “The sun and the moon are still there and always there is light.” Thanks, Christina, for the transcript. This was just what I needed to hear right now.

  9. Mattia says:

    I havent understood all the words because I’m italian, but I’ve to say that this video is amazing and it helps a lot, beautiful!

  10. Danette says:

    Wow, I am just blown away and inspired by the whole thing, from the voice of the narrator and the building of the music to the images and the poem, it reminds me to BREATHE and step back…incredibly powerful… I too loved the part with the weed growing in the sidewalk, ‘beautiful because it doesn’t know it’s not supposed to be there…’ and being loud… Really moving. Thank you for sharing your gift!!!

  11. talia says:

    After yesterday i really needed to see this video. I find myself craving you positive posts lately with all the negativity around. So, thanks. I love this.

  12. Japs says:

    It really made a difference, it’s always been difficult to endure pain but its now that i learnt to let go that pain as I do have a better tomorrow. Love all those who supports me.

  13. chayan23 says:

    Watching and listening to this video made me feel a lot more better…
    Love me or hate me, my life will keep on moving with my honey and baby…

  14. Anthony Ruiz says:

    I have been a very angry young man as I was growing up and one day I found out why I was so angry , I did terrible things others without knowing what I went through cause I blocked it out somehow . The day I found out I was still mad and yet calmer since then I have learned how to control myself , I may not still be perfect , but I am a better man now then I was once before .

    Thank you

  15. Sarah Hernandez says:

    That was beautiful, and although I haven’t been having a bad day, it certainly inspired me to be better today for those who are. Thank you

  16. Dana says:

    I have to say that reading these posts on the bus ride to school is one of my favorite parts of my mornings. Many of my peers are very harsh and sarcastic in their treatment of others, and I don’t get along well with my family, so a daily reminder of positivity is much appreciated. Thanks, Dale.

  17. vb says:

    Pain is part of the human condition….is the part that resonates the most as I see that I personally wear my pain like armour and ‘you owe it to me to feel sorry for me’. I do not usually give credence to others sufferings and that is an incredible downfall that I cannot seem to fix. This puts all those like me in a childlike state that will never have an opportunity to grow alongside another human being. Thank you for arresting my thoughts for just a moment to see this perspective.

  18. Sarah says:

    I stumbled upon this video on a day when I truly needed it. I ended up bookmarking it, and whenever I start having a bad day, the first thing I do is watch this video. So far it has been able to stop the tough days in their tracks. Thanks so much for the video, it really does have great advice.

  19. evie says:

    makes me appreciate my life..apart from the poet’s words..the video takes us to different worlds of different people..very assuring!!

  20. Cheryl Wilder says:

    It made me want to loosen my grip, slowly. Thank you for inspiring me again, Dale, to stand strong in my belief of positivity. To have hope is to believe.

  21. Ashley says:

    Mr Partridge, this – word for word – will be my instructions for my son on how to live his life.
    Thank you.

  22. Han says:

    This was the most beautiful video ever created. I love it. I was crying at the end and it made me realize a lot of things in my life that I need to change. Thank you for whoever created and shared this video. You have affected a lot more people than just the ones who have watched this video.

  23. Mary says:

    The background music was irritating and the narrators voice wasn’t loud enough. I didn’t get very far into it, sorry.

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