Elin Nordegren recently granted her only interview to People Magazine about her thoughts and experiences involving her recent divorce from Tiger Woods. Many would think that after the humiliation and embarrassment she has suffered that she would take this opportunity to make some very angry and vengeful comments about Woods.
To her tremendous credit, she did not. She certainly did not make excuses for his behavior and he certainly did not deserve to have any excuses made for him. Sleeping with a large number of women does not make for a sympathetic figure.
It is clear however, that Ms. Nordegren did not enter into this divorce without a great deal of thought. She referenced that they certainly did try to save the marriage, but that it was not possible. The fact that she even tried to make an effort is a credit to her children in trying to save them from the effects of a broken marriage.
Ms. Nordgren was probably aware that some day her children will read that interview. Regardless of Mr. Woods' behavior, he is still their father. It is clear that Ms. Nordegren is very concerned about her children and understands that they still need a relationship with their father.
Ms. Nordegren acknowledges the sadness related to the divorce, but seems to be looking forward to her post divorce life and raising her two children. While she clearly has no financial worries, she seems committed to completing her education. It is an excellent interview and I encourage everyone to read it.
Her attitude can be very helpful to women going through a divorce. Keeping your dignity and head held high regardless of the circumstances is important. Encouraging a relationship with the children, even after terrible behavior in a marriage is a tribute to the maturity of the injured spouse. This does not in any way signal weakness, but signals strength of character. Interest in following your dreams, looking forward to better days and not accepting a relationship where you are not treated with respect is an important message that all people should keep in mind when recovering from a divorce.