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            文章來源: 文章作者: 發布時間:2007-10-19 06:34 字體: [ ]  進入論壇

            I teach economics1 at UNLV three times per week. Last Monday, at the beginning of class, I cheerfully2 asked my students how their weekend had been. One young man said that his weekend had not been so good. He had his wisdom teeth removed. The young man then proceeded3 to ask me why I always seemed to be so cheerful.

            His question reminded me of something I‘d read somewhere before: "Every morning when you get up, you have a choice about how you want to approach life that day," I said. "I choose to be cheerful."

            "Let me give you an example," I continued, addressing all sixty students in the class. "In addition to teaching4 here at UNLV, I also teach out at the community college in Henderson, 17 miles down the freeway from where I live. One day a few weeks ago I drove those 17 miles to Henderson. I exited the freeway and turned onto College Drive. I only had to drive another quarter mile down the road to the college. But just then my car died. I tried to start it again, but the engine wouldn‘t turn over. So I put my flashers on, grabbed5 my books, and marched down the road to the college."

            "As soon as I got there I called AAA and arranged for a tow6 truck to meet me at my car after class. The secretary in the Provost‘s office asked me what has happened. ‘This is my lucky day,‘ I replied, smiling."

            " ‘Your car breaks down and today is your lucky day?‘ She was puzzled. ‘What do you mean?‘"

            " ‘I live 17 miles from here.‘ I replied. ‘My car could have broken down anywhere along the freeway. It didn‘t. Instead, it broke down in the perfect place: off the freeway, within walking distance of here. I‘m still able to teach my class, and I‘ve been able to arrange for the tow truck to meet me after class. If my car was meant to break down today, it couldn‘t have been arranged in a more convenient fashion.‘"

            "The secretary‘s eyes opened wide, and then she smiled. I smiled back and headed for class." So ended my story.

            I scanned7 the sixty faces in my economics class at UNLV. Despite the early hour, no one seemed to be asleep. Somehow, my story had touched them. Or maybe it wasn‘t the story at all. In fact, it had all started with a student‘s observation that I was cheerful.


            1 economics grzxZ     
            • He is studying economics,which subject is very important.他正在學習經濟學,該學科是很重要的。
            • One can't separate politics from economics.不能把政治與經濟割裂開來。
            2 cheerfully jUhyR     
            • The train rolled cheerfully into the station.火車歡呼著駛進車站。
            • He takes our advice quite cheerfully.他欣然接受我們的勸告。
            3 proceeded b78129e1845f27577f6587d1cca78a2a     
            v.進行( proceed的過去式和過去分詞 );前進;(沿特定路線)行進;(尤指打斷后)繼續說
            • The lawyer proceeded to tackle him on this subject. 律師在這一問題上繼續與他交涉。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
            • The horse proceeded at a walk. 馬兒慢慢前進。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
            4 teaching ngEziT     
            • We all agree in adopting the new teaching method. 我們一致同意采取新的教學方法。
            • He created a new system of teaching foreign languages.他創造了一種新的外語教學體系。
            5 grabbed grabbed     
            v.搶先,搶占( grab的過去式和過去分詞 );(尤指匆忙地);攫;(尤指自私、貪婪地)撈取
            • He was grabbed by two men and frogmarched out of the hall. 他被兩個男人緊抓雙臂押出大廳。
            • She grabbed the child's hand and ran. 她抓住孩子的手就跑。
            6 tow gJNz5     
            • The broken-down car was taken in tow by a lorry.那輛壞了的車由一輛貨車拖著。
            • Mrs Hayes went to the supermarket with her four little children in tow.海斯太太帶著她的4個小孩到超市去了。
            7 scanned eeec396ece8bcc7c7246a1151847ca3d     
            • He scanned the horizon for any sign of land. 他仔細眺望地平線,找尋陸地的蹤影。
            • She scanned his face to see if he was telling the truth. 她審視著他的臉,看他講的是否是真話。
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