Have you heard these words before? I certainly have and I suspect you have too.
I’ve heard them most often when used to cancel out a request that’s been made. An individual has asked a question or expressed a need for help. If the question isn’t answered quickly enough or the plea for help is ignored, ‘never mind’ can be uttered with some passion and anger. The subtext is a kind of, ‘thanks anyway!’, and the person who asked the question or needed some help usually walks away frustrated.
It also happens that ‘never mind’ is used more softly. At times an individual will request something, but realize they are capable of filling their own need or rethink the importance of their request. Saying ‘never mind’ is their release of need, both for the one they asked and for themselves. It is often accompanied with a shrug or a little laugh, as if to say, ‘sorry to trouble you.’
It is interesting to me that we can use the same expression to mean two very different things. I’m pretty sure there are a ton of examples that fit this description.
Beyond these two examples, I’ve thought of three other interpretations I’d like to share.
First, I want to tell you how this post came about. These two words popped into my head and I just knew they needed to be the subject of a POST. I knew nothing beyond that. I stared at a blank page in my notebook and said to myself, ‘let’s just see what happens’. I’m telling you this because it represents a state of being I encourage, where you let go and trust there is wisdom to fill the void.
And, I want to tell you, there is always wisdom to fill the void.
What about ‘never mind’ meaning that it is okay to be open and to accept what comes your way, knowing you are loved and cared for by the divine universe (you choose the name you like best for the divine universe). Whether it is a less than desirable grade on a test, a bump in your fender, a perceived sense of disrespect or anything else that makes you feel less.
Or the slight variation of ‘never mind’ meaning that you allow everything to be as it is, without having to control it. A kind of ‘never mind’ freedom. So, when others don’t act as you would prefer or say the things you don’t want to hear, you release whatever sting of pain their words or actions might have created in you.
Here’s my last one.
What if ‘never mind’ became a suggestion to shift where you live your life from. So, the expression would read, ‘never mind (first)’.
What if you lived your life from your ‘heart’ first, instead of your ‘mind’? What would that be like?
This idea is not to suggest that your ‘mind’ doesn’t play a significant role in your life. It does. It has to. But, is it first?
What comes to me is this question.
Where is my best life going to come from?
My answer is, ‘never mind’, but rather from ‘my heart’. How about you?
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4 Replies to “Never Mind”
For me, John Thomas, the two words “never mind” were used negatively by another person who was expressing their disapproval disgust or frustration.
Growing up both my mother and my father firmly believed that they knew the one and only way a job was to be done. So as I would attempt to do a job for either of them I did so with trepidation for I already knew what was going to happen.
First I would be told how and why I was not doing it right.
Second I was told to stop doing what I wasn’t doing right.
Third NEVER MIND, I’LL DO MYSELF! (along with all the other things I have to do around this house)
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Sorry John, that must have been a hard thing to hear and to feel.
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Deep thoughts! Gets us diving deeper.
It certainly felt like they needed to be out in the world. Thanks for sharing your comment with me.