Let It Be…………..

Let it Be was a song written and sung by Paul McCartney and released as a single by the Beatles in March of 1970, a year before I graduated high school. The album followed. It was also the last song that he wrote before leaving the Beatles to pursue a solo career.

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Yeah, there will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Yeah, there will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Paul McCartney’s mother died of an embolism when he was 14. Her name was Mary. One night she came to him in a dream during a difficult time when the Beatles were recording the White Album, and she told him (in the dream) that “It will be alright, let it be”. He remembered that dream and the impact it had on him. That was the inspiration and meaning for the song although it has been interpreted many times in other ways.

We all have times of troubles. Are you aware of how the universe is trying to ease your burden and help you? Whether it’s by circumstance, or a dream, or what we call luck, things always seem to work out. Not always in the way we planned, but something we can cope with and be happy with. Your destiny in this life is to be happy. No matter how long it takes.

I walk the beach for exercise, and to let my mind get a break. It doesn’t always work out that way. Today I found myself so absorbed in the problems I was trying to solve, that I dismissed the beauty of the sand, and the wind, and the waves. Before I knew it, I had returned to my car and didn’t really unwind. Unwinding releases creativity, and creativity is what I was trying to accomplish. I didn’t unwind, so came back feeling frustrated. I thought to myself, I got nothing accomplished today walking. Then I realized that I was thinking counter intuitive to that. Just the act of trying to accomplish something while walking on the beach prevented me from doing just that.

After getting in the car and on my way home, I realized I should have Let it Be. Not the wisdom of a Beatles song, but how I should live my life. As a parent, I now realize how often I tell my kids it will be alright. Whether it’s a bruised elbow or an ego.  And it makes them feel better. And I remember my Mom telling me countless times that it will be alright. And she was right. It always was, and is.

When I reread the words Paul wrote some 47 years ago, before I could comprehend the meaning, and what the meaning really was, I can’t help thinking about my Mom. How she was always on my side, by my side, encouraging me, and telling me I could accomplish anything I wanted to do in life. I have fought so hard against the grain. To push when I didn’t need to. To struggle.  It didn’t matter to her. She knew what was best for me.  She never gave up.

They say you never really understand the sacrifices your parents make for you until you have kids. It’s true for me. As my kids grow I see the miracle they are, and how I would do anything for them. You try to teach them to be happy, to enjoy life, to be safe.

I hope  I get to enjoy a long life. But no matter how long I have, when that time comes and  I am gone, and my kids are in times of trouble, I will come to them in a dream:

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on you
Shine on until tomorrow, let it be.

Thank you, Mom. For believing……………..

 

 

 

8 Replies to “Let It Be…………..”

  1. Your Mother was stunning. I can see you in her. I only knew her for a bit, in her older years. She did a good job. You are a good man.

  2. Let it be, handed from generation to generation. You were blessed to have your mother to learn how to be a good parent. Your kids are blessed to have you as their Dad. I’m sure they’ll keep it going in the next generation too!

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