Wedding = Universal Symbol of Hope

New Beginnings

Oct 26, 2011 by

Shakespeare’s comedies frequently end in weddings, the universal symbol of hope, even in the face of mankind’s dark side.

We single girlfriends honor that emotion when those we care about take that step.  Even though divorce happens after about one half of marriages there’s the possibility the couple, two sexes or one sex, can do whatever it takes to make a joining of separate human beings function better than one human navigating life solo.

So, when Cate Edwards married her college sweetheart Trevor Upham, M.D. many of us were rooting hard for both of them. Edwards, like members of the Kennedy dynasty, has experienced more than the average amount of suffering at a young age.

Her brother was killed in a car accident.  The marriage of her parents, so seemingly idyllic, foundered on the reality of her father’s middle-life affair with a woman who many assess as not worth risking it all for.   That same father had been ensnared in a political scandal and a legal mess.  Her mother died of breast cancer, leaving behind two young children.  Edwards herself and Upham broke up for a while but then later returned to one another.

Is it possible for any human being to truly start over again, after such adversity?  Spiritual teachers and even business leaders talk about The Power of Now.  Edwards and Upham certainly have that now.  But will the past rear its head?  Edwards gave up her career as a plaintiff lawyer.  Some have a hunch it was to help care for her brother and sister.  She said it was to operate a foundation.  Her father is still ensnared in a legal battle.  Will he serve time in prison?  Will he lose his law license? Can he resurrect any aspect of being a public figure?  And what about the love child from the affair?

Edwards as the daughter of two famous people and the two as a couple enter this new life with much past which, unfortunately, can configure the now.

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Jane Genova Has Written 24 Articles For Us!

I’m a coach, book author, and lecturer on careers, specializing in transitions. When I was 58, I restarted my professional life. That was in 2003. Since then I have I have muted into one of those renaissance folks who keeps multiple lines of work going. My latest book Over-50: How We Keep Working has helped thousands of people realize that exciting careers don’t depend on your age. I write four blogs: Jane Genova, Law and More, Career Transitions, Over-50.
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