学习啦【英语美文欣赏】 编辑：韦彦 发布时间：2016-09-18
How to Be Ture to Yourself
My grandparents believed you were either honest or you weren’t. There was no in between.
They had a simple motto hanging on heir living-room wall: “Life is like a field of newly fallensnow;where I choose to walk every step will show.” They didn’t have to talk about it—theydemonstrated the motto by the way they lived. They understood instinctively that integritymeans having a personal standard of morality and ethics that does not sell out to selfishnessand that is not relative to the situation at hand. Integrity is an inner standard for judging yourbehavior.
Unfortunately,integrity is in short supply today—and getting scarcer. But it is the real bottomline in every area of society. And it is something we must demand of ourselves. A good test forthis value is to look at what I call the Integrity Trial, which consists of three key principles:Stand firmly for your convictions in the face of personal pressure. When you know you’re right,you can’t back down. Always give others credit that is rightfully theirs. Don’t be afraid of thosewho might have a better idea or who might even be smarter than you are. Be honest and openabout who you really are. People who lack genuine core values rely on external factors—theirlooks or status—in order to feel good about themselves. Inevitably they will do everything theycan to preserve this appearance, but they will do very little, to develop their inner value andpersonal growth. So be yourself. Don’t engage in a personal cover-up of areas that areunpleasing in your life. When it’s tough, do it tough. In other words, face reality and be adult inyour responses to life’s challenges. Self-respect and a clear conscience are powerfulcomponents of integrity and are the basis for enriching your relationships with others.Integrity means you do what you do because it’s right and not just fashionable or politicallycorrect. A life of principle, of not giving in to the seductive sirens of easy morality,will alwayswin the day.It will take you forward into the 21st century without having to check your tacks ina rearview mirror. My grandparents taught me that.
Five Balls of Life
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them work, family,health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.But the other four balls family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How?Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.
Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as they would be your life, for without them, life is meaningless.Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect.It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give it; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless,a treasure you can always carry easily.Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery and Today is a gift: that’s why we call it “The Present”.
The Road to Success
It is well that young men should begin at the beginning and occupy the most subordinatepositions. Many of the leading businessmen of Pittsburgh had a serious responsibility thrustupon them at the very threshold of their career. They were introduced to the broom, and spentthe first hours of their business lives sweeping out the office.I notice we have janitors andjanitresses now in offices, and our young men unfortunately miss that salutary branch of abusiness education. But if by chance the professional sweeper is absent any morning, the boywho has the genius of the future partner in him will not hesitate to try his hand at the broom.It does not hurt the newest comer to sweep out the office if necessary. I was one of thosesweepers myself. Assuming that you have all obtained employment and are fairly started, myadvice to you is “aim high.” I would not give a fig for the young man who does not already seehimself the partner or the head of an important firm.
Do not rest content for a moment in your thoughts as head clerk, or foreman, or generalmanager in any concern, no matter how extensive. Say to yourself,“My place is at the top.”Beking in your dreams.And here is the prime condition of success,the great secret:concentrateyour energy,thought, and capital exclusively upon the business in which you areengaged.Having begun in one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adoptevery improvement,have the best machinery, and know the most about it.The concernswhich fail are those which have scattered their capital,which means that they have scatteredtheir brains also.They have investments in this, or that, or the other,here, there, andeverywhere.“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” is all wrong.I tell you “put all your eggs inone basket, and then watch that basket.”It is easy to watch and carry the one basket.He whocarries three baskets must put one on his head,which is apt to tumble and trip him up.Onefault of the American businessmen is lack of concentration.
A Divided House Cannot Stand
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending,we could better judge what todo, and how to do it.We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated with theavowed object and confident promise of putting an end to slavery agitation.
Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased,but has constantlyaugmented.In my opinion, it will not cease until a crisis shall have been reached and passed.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”I believe this government cannot endurepermanently half slave and half free.I do not expect the Union to be dissolved;I do not expectthe house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided.
It will become all one thing, or all the other.Either the opponents of slavery will arrest thefurther spread of it,and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in thecourse of ultimate extinction,or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawfulin all the States, old as well as new, North as well as South. Have we no tendency to the lattercondition?
Let any one who doubts, carefully contemplate that now almost complete legal combination
—piece of machinery,so to speak—compounded of the Nebraska doctrine and the Dred Scottdecision. Let him consider, not only what work the machinery is adapted to do, and how welladapted, but also let him study the history of its construction,and trace, if he can, or ratherfail, if he can, to trace the evidences of design and concert of action among its chief architectsfrom the beginning.