Medea’s Weekly Tonic for Mind Body & Soul: Service

Queen Elizabeth II’s passing has seen people worldwide express how the longest serving British Monarch in history touched their lives. Here in the UK, a number of generations have been raised during the time of HRH’s reign, each of whom have borne witness to various stages of her legacy play out on “home soil”. The impact of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign of 70 years and 214 days, however has not just been to the country she served or the Commonwealth countries where she was also Monarch, but to every single square mile on this planet. Which brings me to the concept of being of service… On her Coronation Day in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II in a speech said: “I have in sincerity pledged myself to your service, as so many of you are pledged to mine. Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.” Service is universal, megaversal, and the impact of a Queen being of service means the ripple effects of her duties and her visions for those she serves are felt not just on “home soil” but everywhere and everywhen. The call of duty may not always be what a Queen or those of service would personally like to be doing, but being of service goes above and beyond. Only two days before her passing, Queen Elizabeth II had a greet with a new prime minister and then a meet with an outgoing prime minister. And while she took her responsibilities and duties seriously, she did not take herself too seriously, showing the world she had a sense of humour by participating in the Paddington sketch for this year’s Platinum Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics James Bond skit. Queen Elizabeth II was an exemplary Queen and her 70-year reign, a stellar example of a life of service, and I am blessed to be one of the beings that is a part of one of the generations born and raised in the UK during her reign. 

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