Faith: a belief based on trust.
Optimism: an expectation of optimum outcome.
Both illogical sentiments, each fuelling the other. Mine have consistently eroded over the years. But the faith and optimism we encountered throughout Myanmar, close on the heels of the show of solidarity during the recent deluge in my city, has left me feeling humbled.
“Do you honestly believe the new government will be able to take the country significantly forward?” we ask.
The answer without exception, or the slightest trace of doubt, is a confident “Of course!”
That most speak without fear is a singularly optimistic sign.
I wish, with all my heart, that their belief will move the mountain of challenges along the way to the free future they have awaited with utmost patience and grace.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
~ Helen Keller