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Let it Be - The Joy of Music

Let it Be - The Beatles

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 or 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....

During this troubled time a simple song or book can fill our hearts and minds.  Let it Be by the Beatles is one of several songs that fit the tune. 

Recently, a friend of mine who is recovering from illness decided to learn how to play the ukulele.  She sent a video on social media of her singing, Let it Be, by The Beatles.  The song is inspiring to me because maybe we need to take a break from trying to analyze all the COVID 19 information.  Perhaps we need to "let it be."  It will be years before we know the truth about the virus, how it started, when it truly started, how it was spread compounded by proven and quantifiable statistics to form a complete and final hypnosis.  

Currently we are subjected to the latest advice from the daily task force, friends who believe they are sage advisers, television pundits and newspapers with agendas or the wealthy telling you what they think.  Others listen or read from one or two sources and have limited knowledge to examine.  Why even major health organizations are suspect from a funding position which could have swayed data. Or a model thought to be on target has been changed and revised.  Who knows what other factors or agendas are in play.

The task force doctors seem to have the most up to date daily statistics and observations.  As mentioned, whether they are right or not is still in development.  Of course, any knowledge is power while you learn how major companies, citizens, state Governors, world leaders, scientists among others around the globe are coming together with solutions and helping.   The most important result to date is the "shelter in place" model is working worldwide.  The COVID 19 virus is abating because we are doing our job.  We are defeating the virus because of our connected behavior flattening the line in the art of staying home.  This is an enormous feat and greatly appreciated by all. 

Adapting to Daily Life

"It's not the strongest of our species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one most adaptable to change." Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

Where does this lead us on our daily journey of being in our homes?  Well, it is a time of refuge, a time to take a break from our world and to accept that our journey is constantly changing.  Life evolves and you have to adapt.  For instance, weddings have been postponed and will be held a year from now.  Seniors graduating from high school or college will have a different experience without having year end graduation celebrations or seeing their friends for a final time in school.  There are many working at home, vacations cancelled, sports teams derailed, parents home schooling, Easter or Passover gatherings nixed, family plans rearranged, people sadly passing and the list goes on.

Two words are constant, change and and adapt.   How are you dealing?

Are you sailing through and adapting?  Or are you struggling and angry? Remember this time will pass too.  In the meantime, valuable lessons are at our finger tips on deciding to become a positive and kinder person.  Someone who can adjust, stand stronger, be wiser  and ultimately vibrant.  Maybe you are learning something new as suggested in my previous post, Groundhog Day, The New Normal.  The choices are endless and your attitude is paramount when the world is topsy turvy and uncertain.

The Road Less Traveled

The landscape has always been changing.  History has shown time and time again the resiliency of the human condition when facing grave adversities.  Just as the waves, wind, earth and environment are constantly evolving, so are we.   It is the beauty of life.  We cannot control our lives nor the outcome.  Yet, we can change how we act, behave and treat one another. 

The Test - Are You Aware?

We are all being tested right now.  As stated,  how you act, and what you say will determine your character, strength, fortitude and courage.  Wouldn't it be better to be a leader with a positive attitude? Be a source of wisdom.  Someone who engages and does not throw stones or laugh at others who have an opposite or controversial opinions. After-all, no one truly has all the answers nor would they at the birth of this pestilence.  Isn't that the wonderment of life to not all be the same and to provide varied truths.  Let it be. 

How boring if we were all vanilla ice cream rather than rocky road or a yummy concoction mixed with a multitude of flavors.  Life is indeed glorious and change makes the journey interesting. I have lots of friends whose lives were filled endlessly with monthly events, travels, get together's, consumption, buying this or that, work travel and now are shockingly at a standstill.  Their yearly script was previously locked in and change is not allowed or rarely ever.  I include myself in the mix too though my life is more on the spontaneous side but consumption was a high priority.  For the locked in change was often fraught with disappointment whereas spontaneous individuals have a "just go with it" attitude.

Today's climate is indeed reflective of the ending in the film  Finding Nemo (2003), where all the fish jump off the pier into the water in individual plastic bags.  As they float in the water in their plastic bubbles they all say in unison - "Now what?" 

Now What? 

"What is a weekend?"  The Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, PBS

Isn't it refreshing to take a breather and reflect?  It is indeed sad it took a deadly virus to create this moment. Yet, we have all realized that we are in this together.  A team as one.  And, afterwards, maybe we will start a newer way of life rather than running on a treadmill, bunging jumping from one event to another without really stopping, noticing our surroundings, listening to our fellowman without judgement and smelling the roses.

I am confident this summer birthday parties, graduation celebrations and other life events will be honored. They might be small but they will happen.  Stay the course and embrace change.  Pray for those who are suffering.   We are not alone and our strength will shine forth like a beacon to greater and better times to come. 

Another Song Touched My Heart

The Prayer 

"I pray you'll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise in times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe."

There has been prominent uptick with a resurgence of the arts such as listening to music, reading books, playing games, painting, rebuilding your faith and slowing down.  Another song that has touched my heart is the The Prayer, written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis.  You can find endless singers and variations on YouTube.  My favorite renditions are with Andrea Bocelli.

This weekend on Easter Sunday, April 12th, Andrea Bocelli will be performing in Milan and streaming live for the entire world. Check out  Andrea Bocelli, Easter Sunday, Livestream link. 

"I believe in the strength of praying together; I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone - whether they are believers or not - truly needs right now. Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth's pulsing heart, this wonderful international forge that is a reason for Italian pride" Andrea Bocelli

Happy Easter! 

Embrace this era of creativity, faith and blessing.  Enjoy your surroundings.  Be thankful and grateful for you the life you lead.  You are indeed blessed.   May you find peace, love and joy on Easter and during Passover.  Prayers to everyone sick and those on the front line.  There will be a rainbow at the end of the tunnel.  I guarantee it.  I can see it.  Can you?  Or course, you can because you believe. 

God Bless You!



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