学习啦【英语文摘】 编辑：韦彦 发布时间：2016-08-27
Live near the Sea
I have grown up and lived near water my entire life and l have witnessed the ocean's power in all forms. It can bring the simplest beauty in the gift of a shell or the harshest danger from the pull of a rip tide.
The waves, currents, and tides of the sea are much the same as the ups, downs and precariousness of life itself. Just as the ocean can be a mix of tranquility and disturbance so can life be a mix of calm and duress.
The lessons of the sea, both good and bad, have followed me through my personal and professional life. And I have learned that I can often reflect on these and lead a more meaningful life of inner peace.
It is about accepting life's balance of nature as reflected in the waters of the ocean. Facing challenges will always be a part of life, but I have learned from the sea how to face them with calm. As seaman and divers have discovered,many essential skills at sea run parallel to lessons for living a meaningful, peaceful life.
Sometimes body surfing can turn into an all-out knockdown fest from the ocean. Wave after wave seems to come quicker before you can catch a good one. And dodging, diving and coming up for air before the next one strikes can send you swimming for shore.
Challenges in life seem to come in waves and we can find our dexterity for handling tough situations waning.Face those waves head on just like a boat, or else you'll capsize. If you procrastinate. whine, and complain about the hard situations in life, the waves of difficulties will roll you upside down. Be proactive when facing down a challenge.Be determined to solve your problems, or life will be determined to knock you down like a rogue wave.
Scotland is a unique and austere place, laden with history, where you can find aristocratic palaces and castles,as well as the traditional parades in national costumes. It has some of the most beautiful cities in Europe, a living testimony of a proud and splendid past.
In order to see and discover the true soul of Scotland today,what forged the character of this splendid region, we have to go towards the northern regions, to the Grampian Mountains.Beautiful and unspoiled, it was difficult to farm. The Scots subdued the environment with simple spades and strong arms.
The history of this ancient struggle, and its people's ancient love affair with the hard land, is enclosed within the walls of the Angus Folk Museum. You are able to get a feel of the typical rural atmosphere of times past from the everyday artifacts displayed here.
One of the attraction here is a legendary monster: the Loch Ness Monster. Is it real or imaginary, this monster,which has been nicknamed Nessie, has collected a good 3,000 sightings over the last 50 years. To fuel the debate about the monster, and perhaps also curiosity about the lake, a price of 500,000 pounds sterling has been pur on Nessie's head.
The true flag of Scotland, tartan, is recognizable from the brightly coloured plaid patterns which are used to distinguish the various clans. Over the last few decades this fabric has made a comeback and is part of the daily life of this country.
The typical Scottish garment, the kilt, is de rigeur when the Scots play the Great Highland bagpipes, especially when they march in parades.
Bagpipes and dancing open the competitions of local sporting events, which are called Highland Gatherings. The games, which have strange rules, involve a spirit that has more to do with brute force than with athletics.