Happy New Year everyone! ♥
It’s the first of January, and I had a really nice calm New Years eve.
A lot of Danish people have the tradition of watching our Queen’s New Years speech, and I am one of them. It’s been a tradition ever since I was a little girl.
This years speech was really good. I have chosen some paragraphs from the speech that I really feel we all should keep in mind, that can apply to most of us!
“These years we are witnessing economic progress in Denmark. Our companies feel it, the Danes feel it and are steaming ahead. Economically, Denmark is doing very well, but we must also take the time to consider what this good fortune is doing for us and doing to us. Is economic progress also translated into social progress?
Our country is becoming richer. But are our lives becoming richer?
Many people experience that the pace of day-to-day life has increased, also more than all can keep up with. There is so much that needs to be done, both at work and during leisure time. Perhaps we create some of the demands ourselves. We do not want to miss out on anything – we want it all, and preferably at the same time.
In our hurry we may become too keen on being in the limelight. It is as if more people say, “look at me” and fewer have an eye for others.
I fear that reflection and consideration may be pushed back and forgotten.
New technology has created altogether new opportunities for contact with others. It is possible to FaceTime with one’s children and grandchildren even though they are on the other side of the globe; it is a source of great joy to all parties. However, new technology may also result in the contact becoming more impersonal – we are “online” all the time – and we forget that, actually, there is a human being at the other end. It is so easy to write a comment or share a photo on social media that may be offensive and leave deep scars. That sort of thing goes into cyberspace, spreading like swarms of flies.
I find there is a tendency that our way of spending time together becomes more superficial, less attentive. We do not take the time to understand each other and we forget to respect each other and take care of each other.
It also affects our children.”
Our Queen also speaks to children in this speech, which I personally find really lovely. She said:
“There are probably some children who are also watching tonight?
To you I would like to say a few words:
The important thing is not how you look or what you have achieved. But who you are and how you behave towards others – your friends and schoolmates; if you are so busy achieving what is best for yourself all the time, you fail to see how others are doing.
You need to take the time to notice if a friend is unhappy. There must be time to understand if you have said something that hurts a friend, or you have teased someone too much. It is important to patch things up again then.
This does not apply to children only; we who are adults should also bear it in mind.”
You can read the full speech at The Danish Royal Family webpage – it is definitely worth a read. ♥
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