“Who inspires you, and why?” This is the simple question we posed to the five nonprofit directors featured here in our November issue. When their replies rolled into my inbox earlier this fall, I found myself both delighted and profoundly moved by their responses. As the season of thankfulness dawns this month, they reminded me that indeed, inspiration and gratitude go hand in hand; each fortifies the other, and ultimately helps us live out our values along the way. If there’s a road map for uncovering purpose in life, it seems that these servant-leaders are well on their way to finding it; I’m inspired by them.
The same can be said of Glenwood resident and girls’ education advocate Kayce Anderson, whose nearly five-year-old organization For the Good is transforming communities in Narok County, Kenya. Writer Kate Lapides takes us on a journey through Kayce’s heart and mind this month, ultimately revealing how her work has informed her sense of gratitude here at home.
If “gratitude is the memory of the heart” (as the old proverb goes), then inspiration must surely be the memory of the soul. As we all prepare to sit down with our loved ones for Thanksgiving on the 28th, we hope that this month’s stories help feed both.