March 1, 2020

Letting Go



“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”-- 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)

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 A well-known saying goes something like this,” If you have a bird, let it go. If it comes back, it is yours; if it doesn't, it never was yours.” We can’t control people, events, or (sometimes) even our health.

Yes, it hurts when loved ones don’t make healthy choices. It’s difficult if the people at our workplace follow their own self-destructive agenda. Some groups with common goals break up when their interests change.

What can a person do about it? Unfortunately, we can’t do much.  Prayer is sometimes the only option.

There’s an iconic song about letting go of control. It’s the last song The Beatles released.

The Beatles—“Let it Be”

Backstory
McCartney wanted the band to continue to tour. The other band members didn’t feel the same. Tempers flared during rehearsals.  Harrison and Lennon fought often. George Harrison didn’t want to travel around anymore. The relationship between John Lennon and McCartney, the two main songwriters, had always been strained.
Inspiration for the Song
Paul McCartney (now Sir Paul McCartney) was about 28 years old when he wrote the song. He put it together in two days. It was based on a dream he had. His deceased mother, Mary, appeared to him.  She said, to paraphrase, “It’s gonna be ok, Paul. Let it be.”
Reactions to the Music
Critics panned the composition. They called it:
“Simplistic”
 “An insult to the listeners’ intelligence”
“An inferior addition to The Beatles’ repertoire”
John Lennon didn’t like the song, either. 

Paul McCartney Moves On

Of course, McCartney is considered a music icon.  His career has spanned about five decades.  He formed another band in the 1970’s: Wings. During the 1980’s, McCartney sang some famous duets. The rocker was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1997. The Liverpool native’s name was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Beatles were legends in their own time. We still revere them. Sir Paul McCartney, the legend, lives on.  He let go of his first band, and everything turned out fine--more than fine.

My Conclusion

Many things in life are out of control. That’s just the way it is. We can control our reaction to life’s setbacks, though.This simple, yet profound, piece of music says it all:



Are you going to take Paul’s advice to “Let it Be”?

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2 comments:

  1. I love your 'historical' posts and how you tie the history to a lesson for us today. It is easier said than done to 'let it be,' isn't it?

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    1. Thanks so much, dear friend. I'm sure you'll agree history always has lessons for us, if we're willing to learn.

      Definitely easier said than done with "Let it Be", but I felt prompted to use it.

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