There is a great motivational speaker named Dewitt Jones. Dewitt was a National Geographic photographer and he does amazing photographs. I first saw Dewitt on a You Tube video called Celebrate What’s Right with the World. It is great. His emphasis is on turning any situation into an opportunity, and he is all about the attitudes of people that he has met that are doing great things. Dewitt looks for the opportunities in any situation.
As I was listening to Celebrate What’s Right with the World again today, Dewitt mentioned that everyone needs to have a vision. Dewitt got his vision from reading National Geographic magazines as a child. He later went to work for National Geographic, and their vision of celebrating what’s right with the world became Dewitt’s vision. Another way to express this is to have a life purpose and a life theme that defines how you will fulfill your life purpose.
Dewitt said that his experience with working with National Geographic changed his attitude from “I’ll believe it when I see it” to “I’ll see it because I believe it”. Vision (belief) controls our perception, which then controls our reality. He suggested that everyone needs a six word vision that they use every day. I don’t know what is magical about exactly six words to express your vision or life theme.
I thought about my life and my six word theme is “Yes, I can make it better”. It turns out that this is mostly true for me, but not always. In all my years of working, and now in retirement and being a minister, I have always worked to make things better for having been there. Anyone that is focused on making things better can do it.
Your life theme has to reflect how you do things. If you don’t have a life theme, you can make one now. If you don’t like your life theme, you can change it. It’s your life. Beneath the life theme or vision is the purpose for your being here. We all have a life purpose, and it is really a great experience to discover that you are doing what you were put here to do. That doesn’t always happen.
I might have made my theme “I can usually make it better”. That isn’t really the way I have approached my life. I always work to make things better, and if I fail, I fail. If you feel that you are never failing, you may not be approaching your true potential. The focus of the vision should be beneficial to the Universe and to you. Beyond that, it is your choice.
Satisfaction with my life comes from providing service to others and service to me. Achieving your life theme should make you happy. If it isn’t, you need to rethink your life theme and purpose. Spiritual development requires that your life theme is satisfying and fulfilling to you. Happy people are focused on opportunities and enjoying their life. They are free to see the opportunities that abound. Unhappy people are focused on their problems, other people’s problems, and they miss the miracles and blessing that they have.
Take some time each day to plan how you are going to be successful in exercising your life theme. Be grateful for all that you have, and for the opportunities to be the best person that you can be. Pay attention to the first thought you have when you awaken. If it is positive and consistent with your purpose, that is good. If it is negative or destructive to your life theme, change it immediately and start the day with a new thought.
Be grateful for being the person that you are, and keep working to be the best you can be. Having a life theme will help you stay focused on meeting your life purpose.