When John Edwards was running for president the first time, a friend of mine was included in a small dinner group with Elizabeth Edwards. I remember that she was so impressed and told me that Elizabeth should be the candidate because she was so smart, witty, and articulate. Her legal background was strong and she was a very good speaker. My friend said that she made you feel as though you were the only person in the room.
While people may not agree, Elizabeth had the gift of time. Yes, her time was cut short, but she knew that her time was limited. So she had some time to prepare to say good-bye. She had the time to put her thoughts into books that help create her legacy. In fact, her friends commented on talk shows that Elizabeth did not want to be remembered for having lost her war with cancer. She wanted people to remember that she fight the good fight and that she lived a good life.
On the day Elizabeth died, Matt Lauer replayed the last interview he conducted with her where he asked her about the lessons she had taught her children and what she wanted them to remember about her:
I think Elizabeth's words are good to remember: "She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way–and it surely has not–she adjusted her sails."
As she said, "it is easy to get through the good days. When bad things happen, you have to have the strength to face them."
When have you had to adjust your sails? When should you have adjusted your sails?
I know this is advice I want to remember.