This weekend we saw a movie --"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". The movie is mainly shot in India, around and in Jaipur. One of the main characters, Dev Patel (of the "Slumdog Millionare" fame), plays a young, energetic hotel manager. He has a favorite line in this movie -- "In India, we say that everything will be alright in the end, so if it is not alright now, it means this is not the end!"
Such a simple statement, but reflects so much hope and optimism. I am from India originally, and it has numerous problems, both economic and social. In spite of that, I am always amazed how easily people living there accept life as it comes.
A lot of it comes from faith. Faith in God, in the future, in the people, in the system..... it does not matter what you have faith in. It just gives you something to latch on to, to look forward to. Faith makes things possible, not easy. We still have to work to get to our goals, still have to roll up our sleeves and sweat it out. And as it invariably happens, when there are challenges along the way and things seem tough, faith makes you believe that "Everything will be alright in the end...........". And that in itself, implies optimism.
Optimism is the integral part of having faith. It is difficult to pry one from the other. Depending on our personalities, the glass can be 'half-full' or 'half-empty'. Whether you are an optimist or a pessimist or a realist, please watch out for the opportunist!
(By the way, the movie is good, catch it if you can.)