“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. ……“With love, Elizabeth.”
That was one of Elizabeth Edwards last postings on Facebook before she passed away from what she did not want to refer to as a “battle” with Cancer at the age of 61.
Elizabeth was ambitious in her own right, a shrewd attorney who even though hers and John’s careers took off and they earned millions, still opted to commemorate anniversaries at Wendy’s, where they celebrated their first year of marriage.
Some may say her most demoralizing and lowest point occurred when she was publicly humiliated by John’s infidelity that came to the public eye as she suffered from cancer. I would have to disagree and say that her lowest point came years before, in 1996, when she suffered the most devastating pain in the world; that of losing a child.
Although broken, she persevered and just 2 years later, gave birth to her third child at the age of 48. She did not let loss stop her from living her life, at an age where most women slow down and even become grandmothers, she endured painful fertility treatments and gave birth to her youngest, Jack.
Perhaps most remarkably was her public advocacy for social issues such as health care, bankruptcy reform and same sex marriage. She wrote two memoirs chronicling her cancer remission, her husband’s infidelity, the death of her father and her son and ultimately, she ended her marriage.
I suppose we can all learn from Elizabeth Edward’s life. How she composed herself with dignity even when inside she must have been filled with aching pain. Yes, I can compare Elizabeth’s story to anything in life that inspires us, such as working on our inner image of ourselves to improve our outer image. But I am merely going to sum up this post the way Elizabeth would have done; with dignity and grace and a reminder to always attempt to greet each and every day of your life with a simple act of kindness and a positive outlook, even when things seem dire.
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