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Discovery in a Thunderstorm
Youth -- 1706

Discovery in a Thunderstorm



By Nelson Glueck



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Many years ago, I was on a bicycle trip through some 1)exceedingly 2)picturesque countryside. Suddenly, dark clouds piled up overhead and rain began to fall, but 3)strange to relate, several hundred 4)yards ahead of me the sun shone brilliantly. Pedaling, however, as rapidly as I could, I found it impossible to get into the clear. The clouds with their rain kept advancing faster than I could race forward. I continued this unequal 5)contest for an exhausting half hour, before realizing that I could not win my way to the bright area ahead of me.

Then it 6)dawned upon me that I was wasting my strength in unimportant hurry, while paying no attention 7)whatsoever to the landscape for the sake of which I was making the trip. The storm could not last forever, and the discomfort was not unendurable. Indeed, there was much to look at which might otherwise have escaped me. As I gazed about with sharpened appreciation, I saw colors and lines and 8)contours that would have appeared differently under brilliant light. The rain mists which now 9)crowned the wooded hills and the fresh clearness of the different greens were entrancing. My annoyance at the rain was gone, and my eagerness to escape it vanished. It had provided me with a new view and helped me understand that the sources of beauty and satisfaction may be found close at hand within the range of one’s own 10)sensibilities.

It helped me realize that there is no sense in my attempting ever to flee from circumstances and conditions which cannot be avoided but which I might bravely meet, and frequently 11)mend, and often turn to good account. I know that half the battle is won if I can face trouble with courage, disappointment with 12)spirit, and 13)triumph with 14)humility. It has become ever clearer to me that danger is far from disaster, that defeat may be the forerunner of final victory, and that, 15)in the last analysis, all achievement is 16)perilously fragile unless based on 17)enduring principles of moral conduct.

I have learned that trying to find a carefree world somewhere far off involves me in an endless chase, in the course of which the opportunity for happiness and the happiness of attainment are all too often lost in the chase itself. It has become apparent to me that I cannot wipe out the pains of existence by denying them, blaming them largely or completely on others, or running away from them.

The elements of weakness which mark every person cannot 18)absolve me from the 19)burdens and 20)blessings of responsibility for myself and to others. I can 21)magnify but never lessen my problems by ignoring, 22)evading, or 23)exorcising them. I believe that my 24)perplexities and difficulties can be considerably 25)resolved, if not completely overcome, by my own attitudes and actions. I am convinced that there can be no guarantee of my happiness, except that I help 26)evoke and 27)enhance it by the work of my hands, and the 28)dictates of my heart, and the direction of my 29)striving.


1)      exceedingly   adv. 非常,极端地

2)      picturesque   adj. (景色)如画的,美丽的

3)      strange to relate 说来奇怪,奇怪的是

4)      yard   n. 码,1=3英尺≈0.914米。

5)      contest   n. 比赛,角逐,竞争

6)      dawn upon 意识到,突然想到

7)      whatsoever   pron. 无论什么

8)      contour   n. 轮廓,外形

9)      crown   v. 加在顶上

10)  sensibility    n. 敏感性,感受力

11)  mend  v. 改进,改良

12)  spirit   n. 活力,锐气

13)  triumph    n. 胜利,成功

14)  humility    n. 谦恭,谦逊

15)  in the last analysis 归根结底

16)  perilously   adv. 危险地

17)  enduring   adj. 持久的,永久的

18)  absolve  v. 解除(承诺、义务等)

19)  burden   n. 负担,重任

20)  blessing   n. 幸福,可喜的事情

21)  magnify   v. 放大,扩大

22)  evade   v. 逃避,规避

23)  exorcise   v. 驱赶,抹去

24)  perplexity   n. 困惑,混乱

25)  resolve  v. 解决

26)  evoke   v. 唤起,引起

27)  enhance   v. 增加,提高

28)  dictate   n. (发自内心、非遵守不可的)指令

29)  striving   n. 努力,奋斗



Then it dawned upon me that I was wasting my strength in unimportant hurry, while paying no attention whatsoever to the landscape for the sake of which I was making the trip.

短语for the sake of是一个我们在日常生活中经常会听到、看到的词组,可以表达“由于,为了,为了……的利益”等意思,强调短语后面引出的内容正是目的所在,如:He gave up smoking for the sake of health. (出于健康考虑,他把烟都戒了。)












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