Sadly most of us tend to focus on all the things that we see around us that we feel are not right with the world. Then we like to bitch and complain about them.
Dewitt Jones, on the other hand, discovered that by changing his perspective he discovered so much more. He discovered what was right with the world every time he looked for it.
Dewitt worked as a photographer for National Geographic for twenty years. What they charged him with every time they sent him out to photograph something, was to celebrate what was right with the world, rather than wallow in what was wrong with it.
“When I was growing up, I used to hold that maxim I won’t believe it, until I see it. Yet the more I shot for the Geographic, the more I realized that I had it backwards. That the way it really works is: I won’t see it, till I believe it. That’s the way life works.
Well I believed it. I believed the vision of the Geographic and the more I did, the more I’d see it in everything.
They’d send me out to places I’d never been. I’d believe there would be beautiful landscapes to photograph. They’d appear.
I’d believe those landscapes would be full of wonderful people. They’d be there.
I’d begin every assignment, every day, every shot trying to celebrate what was right with the situation rather than what was wrong with it.
When I started, I had no idea how powerful that vision would be, how much it would change my life.
But vision controls our perception, and our perception becomes our reality.”
I strongly urge you to visit the Celebrate What’s Right With The World site to watch the whole film. It is so worth the 22 minutes. Very inspiring!