Meredith College remembers author, advocate and attorney Elizabeth Edwards, who served as the keynote speaker at the College’s 2007 commencement. Edwards died on December 7, 2010 after a six year battle with cancer.
Edwards’ speech focused on the idea that each person’s life is a story he or she leaves behind.
“I ask you to live deliberately,” Edwards told the graduates. “What we do and how we do it does define us.”
Rather than a grand legacy, “each of us just needs a story, a story worth telling, a story worth living…the story you tell is not a list of what you own,” Edwards said. “The story is whom you touched, whom you allowed to weave their lives into yours…with each thing you do—and each thing you decide not to do—you write that story.”
After recalling that young people had played large roles in the major movements of American history, Edwards said “you don’t have to lead a great movement to make an impact…in some small way every day you can make a difference by taking time to shower your friends and strangers with kindness.”
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