Inspiration
The Queen: You Don't Have to Win Medals or Save Lives To Inspire
The key points in Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas speech about inspiration, justice, and charity are everything we all need to hear at this time.
IMAGE Courtesy of The Royal Family
Comments

Every year, a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is broadcasted throughout the the United Kingdom on Christmas Day. 

It is through this speech that the 90-year-old monarch addresses her subjects and imparts her wishes for the holidays, and it is usually infused with words of hope and wisdom.

In this year's recorded video, dutifully posted on The Royal Family’s very active social media accounts, we find the Queen sitting at her desk in the Regency Room of Buckingham Palace. A framed photo of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, sits in the background, while a recent photo of the royal couple taken by Annie Leibowitz is up front. 

The Queen begins by enumerating the wins among the Commonwealth countries in this year’s Olympics at Rio 2016, a feat that made Great Britain’s medalists’ reception at the palace “a crowded and happy event,” and proceeds to link that to inspiration as a means to feed aspiration.

But she eventually she goes on to say that “to be inspirational you don’t have to save lives or win medals,” and that many can draw inspiration from common folk doing extraordinary things. 

Watch Queen Elizabeth II’s 10-minute speech below:

A source of inspiration herself, the Queen’s speech is loaded with valuable lessons for all of us. Here are our favorites:

1. Your charity of choice need not be a big one.
The Queen is patron to over 600 charities, for which she hosted a lunch in the Mall. She specifies that it’s not about their size but the work that they do that matters.

“From giving friendship and support to our veterans, the elderly or the bereaved; to championing music and dance; providing animal welfare; or protecting our fields and forests, their selfless devotion and generosity of spirit is an example to us all.”

2. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
The Queen shares that it’s the work of the unsung heroes that makes the greatest impact and inspires her most. From this, she quotes Mother Teresa, who once said: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

“I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbors; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special.”

3. We can do our part in making the world a better place.
In times of injustice, we might think of ourselves too small, but Queen Elizabeth believes that through our individual acts of goodness, we can collectively overthrow this injustice.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

4. Going back to the meaning of Christmas.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Queen Elizabeth reminds us this an example of humility and inspiration. The time of giving also means that we must give away inspiration freely, as we receive it so lovingly. 

“Jesus Christ lived obscurely for most of his life, and never traveled far. He was maligned and rejected by many, though he had done no wrong. And yet, billions of people now follow his teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them because Christ’s example helps me see the value of doing small things with great love, whoever does them and whatever they themselves believe.” 

She ends her speech by simply wishing us all a happy Christmas. 

Long live the Queen!

Comments
About The Author
Hannah Lazatin
View Other Articles From Hannah Lazatin
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
We revisit the life and times of Elvira Manahan over three decades after her death.
 
Share
"All of us want to do whatever our heart desires, but we must remember that freedom does not come for free."
 
Share
The princess married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960.
 
Share
The Duchess has been on bed rest suffering from extreme morning sickness.
 
Share
With followers like Ken Fulk, Bunny Williams, and Richard Mishaan, @terra_naut is among the most mysterious design forces on Instagram. Here, he talks to Town & Country about his cult following.
 
Share
Know their names, faces, and their contributions to society.
 
Share
John F. Kennedy's most legendary and memorable words of wisdom.
 
Share
It's definitely not your average "dear" or "darling."
 
Share
The L'Oréal heiress's net worth was estimated at $39.5 billion.
 
Share
This year's Negros Trade Fair theme is one that will be enjoyed by many. “Food for Thought” will highlight the very popular Negrense cuisine.
 
Share
Here are the British royal babies from oldest to youngest.
 
Share
Seven sectors stand out as top favorites of the country's wealthiest business owners
Load More Articles
INSTAGRAM
CONNECT WITH US