Let It Be

Let it Be

I first heard this beautiful song and the words of Paul McCartney when I was ten years old.  Like most kids in those days I loved the Beatles, but this particular song has always been a favorite.  At ten years old I didn’t have a clue what Sir Paul was singing about.  It was just a great song that I could sing along with.  I was well into adulthood before I thought about it more deeply.  Once I did however, it didn’t take long for me to discover the depth of the wondrous message it contained.

Not so very long ago I heard an interview with Sir Paul who spoke about the origins of “Let It Be.”  I had heard bits and pieces of the story over the years but these days, where contemplation on how to best live this life has been at the forefront of my meditation, his story caught my attention.  It brought me back once again to this amazing song and its message.  In the interview Paul spoke about going through a difficult time in his life and how troubled he was by it all.  One night he had a dream where his Mom, Mary who had died in 1956 when Paul was still a teenager, came to him and told him that everything was going to be alright that he should “Let it be”.

Let it be, the idea is so very simple, yet it is deeply profound.  These three little words could easily be the mantra for bringing happiness into our life.  We have a strong attachment to life’s events turning out a certain way.  We want our friends and family to agree with our ideas and see things our way.  When things don’t turn out as we would like, or our notions of the world are disputed it often creates a troubled mind and if we allow it to, anger in our relationships.  A friend has a different political view, so we question the friendship.  A child not living up to our expectations causes disappointment.  An argument with our spouse over what color to paint the house, where to go on vacation or what to cook for dinner all cause friction and unhappiness in our hearts.  Clinging tightly to our ideas on how others should think and feel is not only completely unrealistic, it is a root cause of our emotional suffering.

Let it be if your child decides to become a farmer instead of a doctor.  Let it be when your brother votes for the other guy.  Let it be when someone cuts you off in traffic.  Let it be when it rains.  When we learn to simply let it be, we find peace and happiness entering our life.  When adversity and challenge enter our life, if we can do something about it, well, do it.  If not, let it be.

I had a wonderful talk on my front porch with young man who is an aspiring drummer.  I often hear him practicing from across the street and have heard him progress in his skills over the years.  He told me of his dreams of being a musician and how he planned to achieve them.  It sounded as though he has very supportive parents but there were those with doubts who urged a more conservative path.  I admired his determination and his respectful approach to those who discouraged him.  He listened to what they had to say, evaluated it for himself and let it be.  Someone has to be the next Neil Peart and it might as well be him.

There is so much anger in the air today.  The media is constantly stoking the flames for the sake of ratings and sadly many of us buy into it.  No matter what side of the aisle you sit, you will find someone poking the fire with their three-pronged pitchfork of ignorance, jealousy and anger, in an effort to get you riled up against the other guy.  It eats away at our hearts and peace of mind, placing brother against brother and sister against sister, race against race and boys against girls.  We have all heard the stories of families not talking to one another because of a political belief.  I find this very sad, to live at odds with the ones you love over something you can’t control.  These divisions are often times over small part of our lives that don’t affect us every day.  If they have a different opinion than yours, have a lively friendly debate.  If you are truly open you may actually hear something which might change your thinking.  In the end your love and family are much more important than a political discussion.  It is OK agree to disagree and let it be.

It has taken me a lifetime to realize that my troubled mind, full of anger, sadness and frustration arose from a tightly held grip on my vision for the world, as opposed to the way it is.  Once I began to let it be, much of the anger and tension I held began to melt away.  I found long-held beliefs I once clung so tightly to did not really matter.  Severing the negative bindings which held me captive to a troubled state of mind, I discovered a balance and freedom within, providing me the opportunity to explore this wondrous life in a new way of accepting others for who they are.

Life can be like a gift wrapped in paper of someone else’s design.  We have the freedom to accept the gift as wrapped and live according to the vision of another or to open it and reveal all the wonders and opportunities this incredible world holds for our us.  A first step is to, let it be.

-Billbo

William C. Judge 2019

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

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney

Let It Be lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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