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Morning Glories  

2010-10-17 21:50:51|  分类: 美文转摘 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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      在我给学生最近讲的英语试卷中,有一篇写牵牛花的完形填空文章。这篇文章语言朴素,由花悟人,很对首相的路子,读之再读,竟觉得就是首相本人写的呢。兹整理转载如下,供爱花爱思考的朋友欣赏。 

    I have never planted seeds before because I am not a very patient person and waiting for the little green shoots to rise above the ground was just too much for me. But this year, I thought I would give it a try. So in the spring of this year, I planted my garden. I chose many types of flowers and among them, Morning Glories. Within a month, many of the other flowers were bursting through the earth, but not the Morning Glories.

Each morning I would run outside to check on them and nothing, nothing for several weeks more. I was about to give up on them. I was sure that they wouldn’t blossom. And then one day, it happened! They had broken through the earth and were starting to climb. And climb and climb and climb they did….with their big beautiful heart shaped leaves.

 

天孙摘下相思泪,长向深秋结此花 - 首相 - 幸福的西绪弗斯

 

And so the saga continued, nothing for weeks and weeks and weeks but more and more beautiful leaves. And I thought to myself, “Well, leaves are nice, but that is all I will probably get at this point.” And then one fine and glorious morning, there it was, the most beautiful sky-blue morning glory I have ever seen! It seemed like a miracle to me. I had waited over 3 months for this one delicate, funnel-shaped flower to show up and now here it was, in all its splendor.

It reminded me of just how many times I had waited in life for something I had longed for and how incredible it felt when it finally arrived and also how many times, that I had wanted to throw in the towel and just give up.

But at the end of the day, they turn a most beautiful shade of lavender, and then close up, wither and die. They live for only one day and then they are gone. I cannot tell you how much this saddened me and what a profound effect this little flower had upon my life. I kept thinking how sad to be so beautiful and live for only one day. And then I suddenly realized what a gift they were.

 

天孙摘下相思泪,长向深秋结此花 - 首相 - 幸福的西绪弗斯

 

You see it doesn’t matter how long your life is. It only matters that you were here, in all your glory, that you opened up completely and let your light shine and that you brought joy to those who came into contact with you. That’s what matters to the morning glory and that’s what really matters to all of us.

The morning glories make me appreciate every new day now, in a way I didn’t before. Each evening I go and visit with them knowing those particular ones won’t be here tomorrow, new ones will take their place. If we knew when we woke up in the morning, that we only had that one day to really live, life would be very different indeed for many of us.

Now, each morning I give thanks that I have been given the gift of another day in all its glory. We can learn from all of life if we remain open to the beauty that is all around us. And nature can be one of our greatest teachers.

What a profound lesson from such a simple flower. Thank you, my sweet little morning glories!

 

天孙摘下相思泪,长向深秋结此花 - 首相 - 幸福的西绪弗斯

 

(文章来源:http://www.inspirationalwords.org/lesson-morning-glory/

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