A Life Worth Binge Watching

S3 E3 Lilibet

I was having a hard time deciding what to write about this week and my sister suggested that I write about the Queen.  I had considered that when I heard of her passing this afternoon, but I wondered what I possibly could say about such an iconic woman.  I felt as though my humble words could not possibly give honor to someone of her stature.  As my heart is heavy and saddened by her death, I am also inspired by her life, her leadership, her love of others, and her legacy.  Lilibet, as she was fondly known by her royal family, is better defined by her own words, so today’s column will be a collection of some of her thoughts and sentiments.

  •  When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future. ~ Queen Elizabeth II

  • I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong. ~ Queen Elizabeth II

  • Work is the rent you pay for the room you occupy on earth. ~ Queen Elizabeth II

  • We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock. ~ Queen Elizabeth II

  • I should like to be a horse. ~ Queen Elizabeth II

  • Football’s a difficult business and aren’t they prima donnas. But it’s a wonderful game. ~ Queen Elizabeth II

  • Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom. ~ Queen Elizabeth II

  • It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change. -Queen Elizabeth II

  • Over the years, those who have seemed to me to be the most happy, contented and fulfilled have always been the people who have lived the most outgoing and unselfish lives. -Queen Elizabeth II

  • Perhaps we make too much of what is wrong and too little of what is right. The trouble with gloom is that it feeds upon itself and depression  causes more depression.-Queen Elizabeth II

  • Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God. -Queen Elizabeth II

  • I have to be seen to be believed.-Queen Elizabeth II

Lilibet, we have seen you, we have respected you, we have admired you, and you will live on as the Queen of our hearts. My readers, I hope that you were blessed and inspired by her words and that you will strive to live your life with the same integrity and purpose.  If ever there was a life worth binge watching, it would be hers.  


Melodye Lewis is a Friday columnist for Flagler News Weekly, inspiring women everywhere to follow their dreams of adventure.

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