let it be

Some time ago I quoted Anne Lamott from one of her books, where she said that she wore a pendant of the Virgin Mary to remind her to let it be.

If you’re somewhere around my age this needs no explanation. You know that the reference is to the Beatles song. What Anne failed to realize is that “Mother Mary” is not the Virgin Mary, but Paul McCartney’s birth mother Mary, who died when he was fifteen. She was the one who returned in spirit to remind him to let it be.

The focus here, of course, is on letting it be. It’s something I often have a hard time doing. So, really, whatever mnemonic device works to remind one to let it be, that ought to be fine.

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