“It’s funny,” he said, “When we are climbing, once someone is one meter off the ground everyone starts clapping. They have 20 meters to go, but from the moment their feet can’t touch the ground everyone is telling them what a good job they’re doing. And so they get to the top.” Teddy paused and looked around. We all nodded. “What if that is what Ethiopia needs too?”
Two days later I stood next to Teddy and clapped for the runners as they started, as they strided, as they struggled, and as they finished the race. I’ve been thinking since about how to showcase and amplify the clapping that Teddy suggested.