In Photos – Faith & Optimism In Myanmar

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.

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The littlest of a group of newly ordained novice monks!

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The anticipation is palpable……

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
~ Helen Keller

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

37 thoughts on “In Photos – Faith & Optimism In Myanmar

  1. She was amazing, Hellen Keller. Baby monks photo keeps me smiling long after I close this page. Terrific post, Madhu!

  2. You capture faith and optimism so well in each of these photos ~ I am still amazed my the Myanmar people, and their incredible belief and confidence in the future. The youth have attached themselves onto the future like no other group of people I’ve seen, and your photos show this and it gives me even more reason to believe in them and Myanmar. I’m excited with their future although there is a steep road ahead. Great post.

  3. If we lose hope, we’ve lost everything. I’d rather be optimistic – like you, Madhu – that positive changes will happen. Love the photos, especially of the little ones. 😉

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