In the September 2007 issue of O The Oprah Magazine, there is a story about Elizabeth Edwards, wife of John Edwards. I’m not a huge politics person, and don’t follow the political hoo-ha too much, but I have to say, the article about Elizabeth was pretty interesting, and just the fact that the woman has been through and is going through so much – it’s amazing to me that she is still out there, pushing forward and staying active in her causes and in the politics.
Something she said really struck me, and I’m noting it here partly because I thought it was worth sharing and partly so I can recycle the magazine and not have to keep it forever, and can refer to my archives if I want to read it again…
“Life is this great big blackboard, and on it you write all the things that you do. You write your job, you write your mowing the lawn, you write your buying Girl Scout cookies, or that you’re the manager for the soccer team. Sometimes you want to fit something else in; you’re just trying to find a little space. Then you lose a child and everything is erased. You start to think how silly it was, some of those things you put on the board. First time you pick up the chalk to write again, you’re a lot more careful about what you write there. You realize that it actually matters how you spend your life.”