Let it Be, July 8 2010

When my sister Theresa and I were having a heart to heart one day in the 70's over way too many glasses of wine, we were discussing "songs with the most meaning".
For me it was "Bridge over Troubled Waters" by Simon & Garfunkel.
For Theresa it was "Let it Be" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

I think of that conversation often.
During Theresa's illness, "Bridge over Troubled Waters" was my song for her.

When you're weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I'm on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I'll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

On the morning after I found out I had terminal lung cancer, I turned on my IPOD which was on
shufflel and "Let it Be" came on. I sunk to the floor and cried.
Here are the words.....

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

So I believe this is Theresa's song for me.
The lyrics totally spoke to me.
But the line "Let it Be" has been my mantra.

When I was diagnosed, I had so very many wonderful people offer suggestions for curing cancer such as vitamin therapy, medical marijuana, clinics in Mexico, etc.
So Mike and I were trying to figure out what to do and what direction to take, but when I heard the song "Let it Be", I just knew that is what I needed to do.
I did not want to spend the rest of my life, trying to stay alive. I wanted to live!
So...now I "Let it be".
Sometimes when I get lost in fear, I forget but get a reminder when the radio just plays the song. Thanks Theresa!

I use this mantra for very many situations.
I believe things are the way they are for a reason
and I don't want to mess with that. I want to "Let it be".

So, when you have a difficult situation in which you feel you need to make decisions, take these words of wisdom from John and Paul. They know.

I love this version from the movie "Across the Universe" Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ahe5IDVbzg