It’s not only the end of an era for post-Victorian Downton Abbey–it’s also the end of a six-year era of watching Downton Abbey at my house. Alas, Downton is finished.
So I began thinking. After spending over 50 hours of my life watching this PBS phenomenon, have I actually taken away anything of substance?
As a matter of fact, I have:
1. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
2. An apology goes a long way. Asking for forgiveness can soothe so many situations.
4. No one wants to hear you complain.
5. No one likes a braggart or a martyr. Be humble.
6. Everything we possess is only temporary.
7. There’s always something in life we must deal with.
9. We must embrace change and flow with it.
8. Be grateful for small gifts every day.
10. It’s not ‘things’ that matter most–it’s relationships.
During a recent interview with Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) in Parade Magazine, the beautiful and insightful actress said, “One of my favorite lines (from Downton Abbey) is:
“All we can do is travel hopefully.”
Golly, I have learned a lot.
Photos courtesy of Downton Abbey Facebook.