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英语美文:重新认识自己的生活

作者:admin    文章来源:盐田区外国语学校    更新时间:2017-12-29

You've probably heard the old saying "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."
你肯定听过这样一句谚语:“篱笆外的草总是分外绿”,别人的似乎总比我们好。

Perhaps you feel like it's true. You look at other people's lives, and you envy them. They seem to be doing so much better than you. They've got a great job. Lots of money. A happy home life. They seem to have it all. And you can't help wishing that you did, too.
也许你觉得这句话是对的,你会羡慕嫉妒别人的生活,觉得他们什么都比你做得好:体面的工作、丰厚的收入、幸福的家庭,他们好像什么都有了。所以你忍不住希望:要是自己也能拥有这些就好了。

But none of us ever really know what it's like to live someone else's life. No-one's life is perfect—whatever it looks like from the outside.
但我们从来无从知晓,如果让我们去过别人的生活会是什么样子。也许从外面看来很美好,但没有人的生活是完美无缺的。

Plus, it's a safe bet that some of your friends are looking at your life and thinking very similar things. Whatever state your life is in, you've got a lot of good things. You just need to recognize them again.
而且我完全可以肯定,有一些你的朋友也和你一样,看着你的生活想着类似的事情。其实不管你现在的生活状态如何,你都已经拥有了很多美好的事情,你只需要重新认识自己的生活。


I. Enjoy What You Have
享受你所拥有的一切

One of the best ways to love your current life is to write a list of things you're grateful for. It doesn't matter if they seem small or insignificant: little everyday moments of happiness count. You might think of:
热爱自己现在的生活,最好的方式之一就是写下生命中让你心怀感激的事情。就算是很琐碎很没有意义也没有关系:正是这些日常生活中快乐的小时刻让我们的生活变得有意义。你可能会想到:

1. People who you're grateful for—your family, friends, housemates, co-workers...
你感谢的那些人:你的家人、朋友、室友、同事等等;

2. Treats which you enjoy—the smell of fresh coffee, the taste of dark chocolate, a long bath after a hard day...
你喜欢的那些东西:新鲜现磨咖啡的香味,黑巧克力的味道,还有辛苦一天后好好洗个热水澡;

3. Things which make your day easier—the dishwasher, online grocery shopping, fast internet access at work...
会让生活变得轻松的事物:洗碗机、网上购物、工作时的快捷网络;

4. Anything special which you've grown accustomed to—your wedding ring, your smartphone, a favorite coat...
已经让你变得习惯的特别物件:结婚戒指、智能手机、最喜欢的外套;

5. Happy moments—chatting with a friend, something which made you laugh, playing with your kids...
那些欢乐时光:和朋友的闲聊、让你开怀大笑的事情、和孩子们一起玩耍……


II. Focus on the Good Points
专注生活中好的方面

When we're thinking about future goals and ambitions, it's easy to end up in quite a negative mood about the present. Perhaps you start thinking through all the things you want to change in your life: losing weight, getting fit, quitting smoking, switching jobs...
当我们想到未来的目标和理想时,我们很容易对当下陷入一种消极的情绪中。也许你开始想到生活中你想改变的所有事情:减肥、健身、戒烟、换工作等等。

As well as thinking of what you might want to change, look at the areas of your life which are currently good. Maybe:
在想到你想要改变的这些事情的同时,也看看现在的生活中已经很好的部分,也许是:

1. You get on well with your colleagues at work, and you've got a good relationship with your boss
你跟同事相处得非常融洽,跟老板的关系也很好;

2. You've got some real strengths—like being able to establish a quick connection with clients, and being organised
你已经培养了一些真正的优势:比方说能很快的与客户建立联系,而且比较有条理;

3. Your house is set up pretty much how you want it—there might not be loads of space, but it feels like home
家里的构造正是你一直想要的:可能空间不大,但非常有家的温馨;

...and so on. How could you make more of these good things? Perhaps you could spend more time on your hobbies, or concentrate on your particular strengths at work.
还有很多。这些好的方面应该如何利用呢?也许你可以在自己的爱好上花更多的时间,或在工作上专注于自己的特长。

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