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“Never Say Never and Never Give Up” – Insecurities and Confusion to People with Mental Health Issues

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“Never say never and never give up” can give people with mental health issues, insecurities and confusion. Most of the time, these individuals need stability and straightforward thinking to make their days flow smoothly. People’s uncertainty and lack of clarity often lead to low self-esteem and poor and improper decision-making.

Time to make a good choice and continue our journey by reading on. Never say never generally states that people should not say they will never do something because people change their minds. An example is, “Would you ever go there again?”… “Well (I’ll) never say never, but I’m certainly not planning to go there anytime soon.” A good use of saying “never…” is like changing ourselves and depriving ourselves of something we might change our mind about in the future.      

“Nothing is impossible, anything can happen, as Mary said Tom would never call her again, but I told her, never say never” from the Pickwick Papers was the initial recorded use of our phrase. Charles Dickens wrote this in his novel in 1837. The phrase is still as popular as ever almost four centuries after its first use. Thanks, Mr Dickens.  

Never giving up is also a popular expression which signifies a bad event that can be eradicated by doing this again. If I had thrown in the pervertible towel, my life would have been different. Probably I would not have finished college after being attacked my freshman year. Even now, I still have the lasting effects, although much, much less, I have moved on.

When I was 24 and a half, my dad died. I gave in to my anxieties and became stuck in one place. I still wanted to push ahead, and when it was time for me to do it, I slowly accomplished more and more. Instances like this happened several times in my 64 years, but with my innermost strength, I have persevered by never giving up.  

By its meaning, never give up sounds very negative. Maybe because it is, the basic definition is having or showing tenacity and grim persistence. Other short phrase (s) that have similar connotations include dogged, resolute, staunch, to hang in, to hold on and to persist. Another common meaning is believing in oneself and the willingness to accept failure. 

“We can learn that there are hidden strengths and potentials within us and learn to keep ourselves motivated. More importantly, we decide never to give up, and we can effectively convert our failures to successes”. This was taken from an article on 16th July 2019 by Jonathan James. Both phrases, “Never Say Never” and “Never Give Up”, have stimulated many individuals to write or say things that have been used in various media. Most of the following quotes have inspired people to achieve positive outcomes.

Possibly we are familiar with one or more of the four below.  

  • “Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion”, by Hall of Fame basketball player Michael Jordan.
  • “Nothing’s planned, never say never,” by guitarist and co-founder of the famous rock group Genesis, Mike Rutherford. 
  • “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn”, by American author and activist Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  • “Never, never, never give up”, by former British prime minister Winston Churchill.  

My favourite quote on this topic came on 21st February 1993 when legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano uttered these iconic words: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”

When he made his speech, he was dying of glandular cancer. Eleven days later, on 4th March, he announced the creation of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Its foundation is “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up”. Unfortunately, Jim Valvano died on 28th April 1993.

The quotes above are only five examples of popular sayings. There are thousands of these idioms to be found and to aid us through the days ahead. Focus on the positive. Slowly and deeply, let it flow through our entire body by inhaling and exhaling.

Is everyone feeling better and more inspired? If the answer is no, maybe there is a quote that is preferable. Each of us has someone or something that keeps us moving forward. Never say never; we all need to gain strength. Yes, even the guy out there with the red shirt. Getting energised from various sources, we deserve positive thoughts and feelings. As long as we never give up, we can improve our self-worth, which increases our self-motivation and, at some point, leads to higher self-esteem. Even the lady with the flower dress. Please try this on yourself, with family and friends, as long as we try.

Trying this or something else, it does not matter. Attempt to keep negative thoughts and feelings out, but it will be difficult. It is hard for me, also, so I look at this challenge one step at a time. Everyone has fun, including the couple wearing an identical blue baseball shirt; never say never, and never give up!

Howard Diamond is a certified peer specialist from Long Island.


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