“Busy? The word loses it’s meaning under the canopy of this sky.”

~ Barbara Brown Taylor

I set out on a walk today– my first real one in weeks. God it felt good to be out, breathing freely. I was all set up- headphones, dogs on leashes, ready to return some calls when “Let it Be” started playing over the headphones. Such befitting advice, it was hard not to think it was a message from beyond. I listened to it a few times over, and then chose for most of my walk to just be with nature, and listen. The clouds were magnificent, ravens larger than my dogs circled overhead, and the skies shifted about every 15 minutes, throwing off snow and sun and little ice pellets.

I listened closely to the lyrics. Lyrics, I later learned, were written by Paul McCartney, not about the Virgin Mary, but about his mother appearing in a dream he had in his mid-twenties during an anxious and paranoid time in his life. His mother, named Mary, who had died when he was 14, came to him in a dream ‘speaking word of wisdom’ that brought him peace. McCartney says the song pretty much wrote itself.
Given that I was going to write about dreams, I’ve been having some vivid ones speaking to me lately, I took that as a sign that maybe I, too, should be listening up.

The day’s conversations, friends words, ran through my mind.

I heard my friend’s shakiness today, absorbing the impact of how very out of her control her Corona symptoms became, and how close to ICU she had gotten. The weakness, the isolation, the magnitude too much to absorb. And how very few people in her condition were leaving the hospital alive. ‘Why did things suddenly turn around for me?’ she wonders. Why was I so “lucky.”

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”

I heard the heartbreak in my friends’ words, whose spirited, strong bodied bump-skiing father succumbed to Covid-19 yesterday, after an unraveling of unlikely health events too complex to understand entirely, but clear as a bell that they left a hole in my friend’s heart. As he wrote, “I lost “my mentor, my cheerleader, my best friend.”

And when the brokenhearted 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

I listened to a friend at the press conference today in the Rose Garden, about the work their medical supply company is doing, in overdrive to help roll out solutions to the rapid spread of this disease. He stands at the helm of the company which his beloved father, who died last summer, founded. His sister texted today, “yep, my dad has a big grin right now.”

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

I heard another friend, recognizing the silver lining of this unlikely forced time in quarantine, make a personal commitment to remove himself when triggering family dynamics present. And he shared; he is not dwelling on past challenges today, but rather focusing on the good that is present. I listened, in awe of this wise friend,

Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

So many of us are used to doing, solving, fixing, in our own actionable ways. I know I am. We are conditioned to produce.
Unless we are engaged in healthcare, this is not a time for that.

Now is a time to be~ forgiving, accepting, faith-filled, and inspired human beings … connecting with, and supporting one another; safely, and respectfully.

Today, this is my practice: To Listen, to Let It Be.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. beth

    Peace xo

  2. Pam Campbell

    Loved this one! Thanks Elinor!

  3. jen dies

    Wow! Thank you!

  4. Laura Morawitz

    Thanks Elinor. Really great.

  5. Nancy

    Beautiful
    Thank you

  6. Mae Mar

    A great version I discovered yesterday! Great job.

  7. Marina Carney Puryear

    Love this one Elinor!

  8. Judy

    A great reminder to be calm and supportive during this difficult time. Thank you.

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