Ophelia Dahl and Paul Farmer, cofounders of Partners in Health, were at a panel discussion event that I was fortunate enough to attend. During Q&A, Ophelia Dahl, daughter of the incredibly imaginative author Roald Dahl, said something that caught my attention:
Visionary and optimism go very well together. In fact, it may be quite impossible to be visionary, to have a vision for the future, if optimism is not there.
Not verbatim, of course, but something to the gist of it.
In the reception that followed, in answering a question about her father, she talked about how Roald Dahl used to tell her and her sisters a different story every night, and how she did not know every father was like hers.
Tonight, I feel very optimistic!