Instill Hope, Again, and Again, And Again | Celebrate What's Right With the World
Instill Hope, Again, and Again, And Again
by Lauri Gwilt
November 17, 2018 - 8:22pm

“It’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope… again, and again, and again.” Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks.

To restore order: to bring back to health, good spirits.

This line has been rolling around in my head. While Walt is undeniably one of my favorite storytellers of all-time, aren’t we ALL storytellers. I am. You are. As well as the other 7 billion people roaming the planet.

Each and every day we tell stories to ourselves, and to the rest of the world, about who we are, and what we see. Our stories are a result of how we interpret the moments and situations in our lives – past, present and future. We tell stories in as many ways and styles as can be imagined. We can’t help it. As humans we’re hardwired for storytelling. Stories give us framework for understanding what’s happening in the moment, what’s happened in the past, as well as what we want to have happen in our future. Stories build an emotional bridge that connects us to ourselves, to each other, and to the situation.

This humanistic need to tell stories could explain why our culture has embraced social media as profoundly as it has. Every Facebook status, tweet, or Instagram image we post is a way of sharing our story. Some of us have a little more experience or skill in storytelling than others, which is one of the reasons why I think so many of us have fallen in love with Dewitt’s films and photographs. Whether it’s spoken, written, or in photographic format, Dewitt knows how to masterfully weave a story that draws us in and connects us. For almost two decades Dewitt’s stories have stimulated my imagination, and restored order for how I see my world… and I feel more hopeful as a result. The depth and insights within his stories remind me that I have a choice in how I see the world around me… and that how I interpret and tell my stories is also my choice.  

The idea of celebrating what’s right with the world resonates with us. Every photo of celebration that you, I, or Dewitt posts on the Celebrate website or Facebook page instils hope for others…again, and again, and again. Hope that amidst all the craziness and uncertainty that life can offer, we can find things to celebrate in the smallest of moments - every day. Our job is to simply look for them.

"A picture is worth a thousand words." I think the Celebrate What’s Right with the World movement is the personification of this idea. Fellow storytellers, here’s to instilling hope whenever and wherever we can through our photos…with any and every kind of camera we can get our hands on!


THE HABIT OF CELEBRATION E-COURSE - Click here to strengthen your ability to see your life, and the world around you, in ways that fill you with joy, gratitude, and energy.



Carol Carnicomon November 18, 2018 - 8:10am

I have saved years of Outdoor Photographer just for Dewitt's articles, as they have had such an impact on me. Articles on the Sunrise, Legacy, WOW Moments, Vision Keeper, and photography as visual prayers - to name a few.  Thank you! 

Sandyon January 2, 2019 - 5:03pm

“Hope amidst all the craziness and uncertainty that life can offer, , We can find things to celebrate in the smallest of moments - every day. Our job is to simply look for them.” This REALLY resonated with me. Sometimes I need a little hope that I’ll be able to find things to celebrate each day. Thanks for this!  

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