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The Daffodil Principle(九年级阅读)  

2014-06-15 10:41:47|  分类: 九年级阅读 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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        Several times my daughter Carolyn had telephoned to say, “Mother, you must come see the daffodils(黄水仙) before they are over. ”I wanted to go, but it was a rather long drive.“ I will come next Tuesday, ”I promised, a little reluctantly (不情愿地), on her third call. The next Tuesday, I drove to my daughter’s house and she took me to see the daffodils. We turned onto a small gravel road (砂石路) and I saw a small church.On the far side of the church, I saw a hand-lettered sign that said, “Daffodil Garden.”
  We got out of the car, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped(喘息) of amazement. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat(缸) of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic patterns with swaths of(长而宽的一条) deep orange, white, lemon yellow and salmon pink(橘粉色). Each different-colored variety was planted as a group so that it flowed(流动) like its own river with its own unique color. There were five acres of flowers.
  “But who has done this?” I asked Carolyn. “A woman,” Carolyn answered. “That’s her home.”
  Carolyn pointed to a well kept house that looked small and modest in the middle of all that glory. We walked up to the house.On the patio(露台), we sawa poster. “Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking” was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. “50,000 bulbs,” it read. The second answer was, “One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and very little brain.” The third answer was, “Began in1958.”
  There it was, the Daffodil Principle. For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top. Still,just planting one bulb at a time,year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of indescribable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.
  The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation(积累) of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments(增长) of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.
  “It makes me sad in a way,” I admitted to Carolyn. “What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal forty years ago and had worked away at it‘one bulb at a time’through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!”
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