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One at a Time
Teens -- 1703
 

俗话说得好:勿以恶小而为之,勿以善小而不为。即使我们的力量有限,我们依然要尽自己能力多做好事,努力把这世界变得更加美好。

 

 

One at a Time

勿以善小而不为

by Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen

翻译:和歌

文字难度:2

 

As our friend walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he went nearer, he noticed that the local native kept picking things up and throwing them out into the water.

As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up 1)starfish that had been washed up on the beach, and one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.

Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said, “Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing.”

“I’m throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it’s low 2)tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the 3)shore. If I don’t throw them back into the sea, they’ll die up here from lack of 4)oxygen.”

“I understand,” my friend replied, “but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don’t you realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast. Can’t you see that you can’t possibly make a difference?”

The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, “Made a difference to that one!”

 

 

我们的朋友走着走着,看到远处有个人。当他走近一些时,他注意到这个当地人在不断地一边捡东西,一边又把捡起的东西抛进水里。

当朋友走得更近时,他注意到这个人是在捡被冲上海滩的海星,一次扔一只,他把它们都抛回到水里。

朋友很疑惑。他走近那个人并说道,“晚上好,朋友。我很好奇你在做什么。”

“我在把这些海星都抛回海洋里。你看,现在正处低潮时期,所有的海星都被冲上了岸。如果我不把它们抛回海里,它们会在这里缺氧而死。”

“我明白了,”我朋友回答说,“但这海滩上肯定有着数以千计的海星。你不可能把它们全都抛回海里。这实在是太多了。难道你没意识到这样的事情很可能在沿岸成百上千的海滩上都会上演吗?难道你不明白,你这样做可能并没有改变什么吗?”

当地人笑了,他弯腰捡起又一只海星,一边把海星抛回海里,一边回答,“那就努力改变这一只海星的命运吧!”

 

 

词组加油站:

walk along 散步,向前走

in the distance 在远处

wash up 将……冲上岸

die from 死于……

lack of 缺乏……

get to 接触到

up and down 到处

make a difference 有(重要)作用,有影响

bend down 蹲下,弯腰

yet another 另一,又一

 

 

 

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