I Can See Clearly Now

 

How many times have we said to ourselves, or others, “I just can’t see my way to doing…whatever it was that we were contemplating?” If we add in all those around us who have voiced the same feeling, it’s a pretty safe assumption that we have heard the phrase quite a number of times. Often, more often than we care to admit, life deals us blows that leave us confused and in pain. We feel bad and we wonder if we will ever get through it all, The obstacles seem to be insurmountable …. But read on.

Most people will recognize the title above as a Jimmy Cliff song:

I can see clearly now the rain is gone.

I can see all obstacles in my way.

Gone are the dark clouds that had me down.

It’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright, sun shiny day.

Oh yes, I can make it now the pain is gone.

All the bad feelings have disappeared.

Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for.

It’s gonna’ be a bright, bright, bright sun shiny day.

Look around there’s nothing but blue skies.

Look straight ahead there’s nothing but blue skies.

In these words we will find the hope we need for the future, the questions that we need to ask ourselves in that time we feel at our lowest.

How can we see clearly, see through the rain and clouds of our lives? How can we get rid of the bad feelings and the pain, find that rainbow, make our life so that we see those blue skies around and ahead of us?

     With Open Eyes, An Open Mind, And An Open Heart.

That’s how we can see clearly. Now we will explore those three ways of seeing clearly, putting life in focus, finding blue skies and bright sunny days.

1) With Open Eyes: Look for the opportunities life offers, don’t let the dark clouds and driving rain blind you. Look for new roads to travel, new ventures, people and experiences. Expand your horizons. If you open your eyes, they will present themselves to you. You will begin to clear away the dark clouds (doubts and fears) in your life.

2) With Open Mind: Cast out your old ideas. Don’t just file them away, dismiss them because they don’t fit your new ways of thinking. Allow those new thoughts into your mind, If you want to roll away the clouds, start changing what’s in your mind. This will lead to

speaking new thoughts and ideas, that will create actions and …………. “Actions speak louder than words.” It all starts with an open mind and a willingness to receive new ideas.

3) With Open Heart: This is the most important. If we don’t have an open heart then our eyes and our minds are closed. Many of us have closed our hearts because of the hurts, both real and perceived, that life has dealt us We must learn to draw a “line in the sand,” allow our hearts to open. Yes, we will become vulnerable to the hurts of life, but we will also experience its joys. When we accept that all life is full of ups and downs we can open our hearts and the ups will begin to outweigh the downs.

Following these steps, we will, as in the Jimmy Cliff song, look around us, see those blue skies and experience ……………….

A Bright, Bright, Bright Sun Shiny Day

DREAMS

I am sure that, just like me, you have heard people make comments like, “That’s just a dream”, ‘You’re just daydreaming”, “Wake up and get a dose of reality”. But in reality, all success in life begins with a dream. The car you are driving, the house you live in, even the job you have all began with someone’s dream. A dream is a vision of what you want to achieve, where you want to go, the direction that you choose, and how you want to live. Your dream will determine how you view others, how others view you, and how you view yourself. The power of a dream will move you towards the goals you seek.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said,

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

A dream will help to overcome fears, put everything in focus and increase your confidence. It will create new opportunities, open your mind to positive thoughts, allow you to become a leader, and infuse you with an energy and enthusiasm that propels you into action. These actions will lead you on the path to fulfilling your dreams.

All these things and more are set in motion because you have a dream. Choose your dream and your dream will choose your future. The bigger your dream, the greater will be the momentum on the way to achieving the dream. YOUR DREAM.

We don’t have to look very far to find examples of the power contained in a dream, our world is full of them. There are many examples of great success, achieved by overcoming all the obstacles. As well as the doubters and naysayers, placed in their path, in an effort to get them to abandon their dreams. Dreamers thrive on the challenge.

Now, we will take a look at the story of a real-life dreamer and what he achieved by following his dream.

Nik Wallenda, a young boy learning to walk a tightrope in the backyard, had a dream to bring his family name back to the top. The Flying Wallendas were once known as the greatest aerial act in the history of the circus. As the years passed, Nik held on to that vision and gradually formulated his dream….… he would become the first man to walk a rope across Niagara Falls, The Horseshoe Falls, THROUGH THE MIST.

Nik’s dream was a logistical nightmare, from planning and engineering to administration.

For over two years, every obstacle was placed in front of him. Nik’s response was that he

would not abandon his dream. Confidently he faced the challenges found solutions and moved toward his objective. At 10:15 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012, over 100,000 people

gathered at Niagara Falls. And around the world, millions watched Nik Wallenda on

television as he took his first step on a wire strung precariously across Horseshoe Falls.

At 10:41 p.m. he RUNS the last few meters to the end of the wire. As he stepped down from the platform one of his first statements was that he had achieved his dream. Later, in an interview, he said,“The impossible is not so impossible if you set your mind to it. Reach for the stars and never give up.”

Having achieved his dream he then gave himself a new dream; to walk across the Grand Canyon. On June 23, 2013, he became the first man to accomplish the feat and he did it untethered:                    Who knows what dreams may come.

If you still need further evidence of the power that is contained in having a dream, take a look at the 2011 Wimbledon Men’s Champion, Novak Djokovic.

Growing up in war-torn Serbia at the height of the NATO bombing, Djokovic’s background would seem to preclude him from being part of the world’s tennis elite. But Djokovic had a dream and he loved tennis. He practiced on the only place available to him, a cracked and patched concrete tennis court.

He worked hard to master the skills of the sport he loved. He even fashioned a make-believe

Wimbledon trophy out of some scrap tin he had found, then spent hours holding it up in

victory, practicing his speech, continuing to hone his skills and follow his dream.

Seventeen years later Djokovic, now a grown man, stood at Wimbledon’s center court and accepted the REAL trophy. His belief in his dream and his dedication to it rewarded him.

In the famous musical, “South Pacific”, the song “Happy Talk” says, “You got to have a dream,

if you don’t have a dream, how you gonna’ have a dream come true?”

The answer, of course, lies in the statement: EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH A DREAM.

Do you have a dream? If you do, never give up on it, keep it alive, work at it and see what it will do for you. If you don’t have a dream, I urge you to find one that will fill you with a passion.

Believe in it, let its power and beauty work in your life and follow it. Then you too could experience the thrill of………..

Seeing that dream become a reality.