I had quite a driveway moment coming home from work this afternoon. I was listening to Marketplace on Public Radio when I heard the story of Kenya's Salina Kosgei, the winning woman at this year's Boston Marathon. If you have five minutes, click on the link and listen.
What got me was a particular combination of factors. My wife and I worked in Africa from 1976-1981. We grew to love the continent, with all of it's massive problems and incredible potential. I first started running in Africa and it was there I ran my first two marathons. I love the fact that Africans are the world's elite distance runners...it is one point of genuine dominance for a continent that lags behind in so many, many ways.
More than that, though, this reporter captured the humility of an African champion. The difficulty of her life, her love of running, the support of others, the mindset of never being far from poverty while wanting to give back in a very real way.
It touched me. Perhaps it will be meaningful for you as well.