Never give in, not up.

One of the memorable speeches was given by Winston Churchill, in the years gone by. This words could not be more relevant than what we are experience. It talks about having a positive attitude when facing adversities and to be more resilient than ever before.

The three words (“in” not “up”) were part of Churchill’s 20-minute speech to the boys at Harrow, his old school, when he visited Harrow for their annual songfest (“Songs”) on 29 October 1941.

The salient portion, is as follows:

“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in…in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy….Do  not  let  us speak of darker days; let us rather speak of sterner days. These  are  not  dark  days:  these  are  great days—the greatest days our country  has  ever  lived;  and  we  must  all  thank God that we have been allowed,  each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.”

The difference between give in and give up is subtle. To give up is to forfeit, lose, or acquiesce, like letting a ball fall from your hands. To give in is to yield or submit to pressure, like a paper cup crumpling when you squeeze it.

Giving up is more like something that you do, while giving in is more like allowing something to happen to you. In most situations, they’re freely interchangeable.

The whole phrase is saying that you should only yield to pressure when either your sense of honour, or your sense of reason, says that you should. You should not give in—and thus compromise your honour or reason—under pressure from your enemies.

Never relent in doing the right things the right way, great and small. Never compromise your convictions of character and integrity, discernment and discretion.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane