Food for Thought: Apron is Cape Backwards
“An apron is just a cape on backwards.”
Who doesn’t enjoy a moving story of courage? We love being inspired by people bravely confronting, creating and changing themselves, their communities and sometimes the world.
“Courage,” wrote Aristotle, “is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible.” In its simplest form, courage is the willingness to act in the face of fear, uncertainty and doubt.
When fear kicks in, our fight-or-flight instinct goes into overdrive, resulting in powerful physiological influences that can stop the best intentions and dreams in their tracks. In the short term, the stressors can lead to better performance for athletes, but when tackling situations that last months or years, not so much.
That’s where courage comes in. That’s where resilience and the strength to persevere are tested.
The pages of Edible Louisville & the Bluegrass are filled with courageous pioneers in local food and business. Telling their stories is one of our main missions. In this issue, those stories showcase individuals who are living courageously, whether they are breaking free from the chains of addiction, offering employment and community support during a critical time, or fulfilling a dream of starting new businesses.
Courage is also contagious, in the best possible way. And, in today’s world, isn’t it a welcome diversion? Hopefully, it inspires each of us to be a little more, give a little more — not just during the holiday season, but every day.
I encourage you to support the local businesses in these pages whose aprons are capes of courage, determination and sacrifice. And, I hope you will see your own apron as a means to be courageous in your kitchen, and in your community.