"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." ~ Dame Agatha Christie

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Huzzah to Her Majesty!

We all know I'm a total Anglophile in many ways, and although I need to be posting about the fantastically awesome new Stampin' Up! catalog that went live on Friday, June 1, I need to first honor one of the most fascinating and influential women of the 21st century, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

While I have much "general living" to be done today and therefore cannot sit glued to the "telly" for the entire day, the TV is tuned to BBC America and the Thames flotilla. 

Today's BBC America programming is devoted to the Diamond Jubilee and is one of the few things that can yank me away from my usual Sunday guilty pleasure (David Venable in the kitchen at QVC).  Sorry, David, you are outranked by Her Majesty ;-)

The celebration of a life well-lived in the service of others is always appropriate, and the celebration of sixty years on the throne for Queen Elizabeth II is perhaps grander in scale than most, however, we all can learn to make a difference in our own corners of the world, not to earn a flotilla and world-wide television coverage, but to feel the internal sense of satisfaction at a job well done.

It was pointed out earlier this week that Her Majesty attends 400 public events annually (and a year is only 365 days).  I don't have that type of energy now and I'm three decades younger!  No matter whether you are a Monarchist or have republican tendencies, you have to admit the pace she sets is awe-inspiring...if you don't believe me, take a look at this timeline.

So, three cheers to Queen Elizabeth II and thank you for being a steadfast example of service to your country and an inspiration to people everywhere.

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