Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tribute to Elizabeth Edwards: Betrayed Wife

I never knew Elizabeth Edwards personally though many of us who've known betrayal feel as if we did. We certainly knew much of her pain.
And so many of us couldn't imagine how her pain was compounded. She'd already buried a son. Was battling cancer. And then to be so publicly betrayed. It all seemed far more than I could handle.
But she did handle it. Whatever her private battles, publicly she displayed grace and dignity. And by so doing, showed all of us what we, too, might be capable of.
If I had met her, I would have loved to have told her – on behalf of myself and so many betrayed wives who have abandoned hope – "thank-you."
Her last words were about hope and resilience. 
In a Facebook posting on December 6, 2010, she wrote:
I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces, my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope.... These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered...
There is little doubt that is her legacy to those who knew her intimately. And those of us who only felt as if we did.

Rest in peace, Elizabeth Edwards.

1 comment:

  1. You really learn a lot about people during a crisis. Suddenly the one who you thought you could most depend on isn't and the one who you had thought not worth your time rises to provide wisdom and strength.
    Elizabeth Edwards faced enough "crisis" to turn most of us into a puddle of emotions. She however maintained her dignity, held her head high and never gave in to the petty gossip surrounding her.
    She is a shining example to all of us betrayed wives.

    Thank you Elizabeth and may your soul rise to a better and more deserving life.



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