"Gratitude, respect and pride is what the jubilee means to me."

These were the powerful words said by the Queen in her Golden Jubilee speech.

The whole nation and many people round the world celebrated the Queen's 50 years of reign and joined in the pomp, pageantry and music.

A million people thronged the Mall and the streets around Buckingham Palace. Street parties brought people together all round the country. Even watching the celebrations on the television touched our hearts.

This proves our basic nature is love and happiness and that coming together and rejoicing life is necessary and important.

We need to revisit our true natures regularly in order to be happy.

I felt this was a much-needed celebration to rebuild human faith, to heal wounds, to lift the spirits of people in the community and bring people together, regaining confidence and national pride from celebrating not only our monarch but our achievements.

The effects of traumatic events on our minds and spirits, the stresses of modern living, the effects of wars and atrocities which dampen the spirit were all forgotten for three days while we healed our souls.

What better way to do this than celebrate the good things in life - to share achievements?

Much too often, we dwell on the negativities and worries of life, making ourselves ill and depressed in the process. We often forget that social health depends on communities coming together frequently and celebrating with events such as the Brighton festival, street parties, music, drama, festivities and religious festivals.

Social rejuvenation will be brought about by cultural rejuvenation and rests upon the revival of gratitude, respect and pride.

Gratitude has many implications. It makes us humble towards life and other people. It reminds us of the value of life - our own and that of others. It helps us appreciate the affection of others for us and our own duty towards being happy.

Self-respect and respect for others is the only way to build a safe place on earth, avoid wars and work towards a healthy future for all.

I would like to share a very apt and beautiful quotation from A Common Prayer by Micheal Leunig : "Dear God, we celebrate spring's return and the rejuvenation of the natural world. Let us be moved by this vast and gentle insistence that goodness shall return, that warmth and life shall succeed and help us understand our place within this miracle.

Let us see that as a bird now builds its nest bravely, with bits and pieces, so we must build human faith. It is our simple duty:

It is the highest art. It is our natural and vital role within the miracle of spring: The creation of faith."


Dr Milind Jani works as a conventional and
holistic GP and Dr Asmita Jani as Ayurvedic Consultant from 30 The Drive, Hove.

Call them on: 01273 778123 or email: milind.jani@ntlworld.com