Back in the early 1970’s there was a song written and recorded by Johnny Nash called “I Can See Clearly Now”.  It’s a catchy little song with happy lyrics.  I’d sing along with it every time it came on the radio.  Even though I knew every word by heart I never really listened to the song.  I just sang the words on auto-pilot.  

Fast forward to many, many years later.  This particular song has taken on a whole new meaning for me.  It’s become my mantra.  I even changed the ringtone on my cell phone to this, bumping my favorite Aerosmith and AC/DC ringtones out of their long running first positions.  What promoted me to view the lyrics to this classic song in a different light is that my perception has changed.  I don’t mean my perception of the song and it’s lyrics….I mean my perception on everything in life. Ever since I learned how to change my negative thinking into positive thinking I look at everything differently.  And I do mean everything.

I see people differently.  Where I may have seen someone as less than or beneath me before I see us all equally now.  While it feels shameful to admit that it’s honestly the truth.  It’s who I WAS, not who I am now.  I am just as likely to smile and speak to that man in dirty clothes on the street corner as I am to the well dressed bank teller.

I see situations differently.  Where I only saw hopelessness and despair before in a bad situation I now have the faith to see the brighter side of things.  Instead of searching out the black cloud I now look for the silver lining in everything.  It may not be readily visible but I know it IS there.  I don’t look at the glass as bone dry like I did before.  I look at it as there is a never ending supply of water to refill it.

I see life differently.  There were way too many days in the past that I didn’t even want to get up and face the world.  There was too much going on around me and inside me that made me want to retreat back under the blankets.  I wasn’t very thankful for life in general.  Since my perception has changed I am thankful and grateful for everything…..I mean EVERYTHING.  I am grateful for the big things down to the tiniest ones.

I see myself differently.  This was actually harder to accomplish than anything written above.  I was my own worst critic.  I never felt adequate in any way, shape or form.  I was never happy with myself in anything I did.  I have since learned to like myself and I do now, quite a bit.  I also learned one very important thing;  you will never be happy with anyone or anything unless you find happiness within yourself first.  No one is responsible for making you happy except yourself.  You must find your own inner happiness and thankfully I finally did.

Our perception dictates everything around us.  We can either perceive things as negative or we can perceive them as positive.  I choose to perceive things as positive now, always.  It’s helped me in ways I never thought possible.  I wish every person on earth could have this same revelation as I did and change their perception.  If they did we’d all be happier, full of more hope and joy and we’d be a more peaceful human race.  I wish we could all see clearly now.