There was an experiment a school teacher did with the children in her class. hey made three groups of plants which they watered exactly the same. To the first group they lavished attention and nice words upon; to the second they did nothing but made negative comments about. To the third group they ignored as much as possible. As you might expect the first group of plants thrived, the second were small and stunted. The third group was even worse than the second group. Small, tatty, weak and dying.
Without realising it, this is the way people live their lives, by taking huge chunks of it for granted, by ignoring it. People wake up in the morning without a second thought for the fact that we are alive, that throughout the night our hearts kept beating, our lungs kept filling with air without us having to do a thing.
Our feet are on the floor and we’re off to the shower without even considering the magic involved in walking, the balance, the coordination. People turn on the water and never marvel at the mechanical genius that means we can have hot water delivered to us, without us having to do more than turn our wrist（and pay the bill…..which we never really appreciate how good it is to have a job or source of money, whatever it may be, that means we can. ）
People ignore so much of the goodness in our life, only missing it when it is gone. The only time I would not take my body for granted was when it was sick, when I couldn’t just jump out of bed without sneezing and wheezing and blowing my nose all the way. The only time I appreciated the fact that I had a washing machine was when it broke down and I couldn’t just throw my clothes in and walk away. The only time I was really grateful for the things my husband did for me was when he went away on business trip and I had to do them myself.
I remember reading a story from the terrorist bombing of the twin towers in New York; a woman refused to kiss her husband goodbye on the morning he set off for a meeting in one of the buildings, only because her lipstick was fresh on. It was the last time she saw him.
People take it for granted that our loved ones are coming back home to us, that we’ll get a chance to say goodbye, to tell them how much they mean to us.
And then we wonder why our lives aren’t as we wish, why they aren’t matching our ideal.
The answer? Gratitude, the opposite of taking things for granted. By being thankful for what you do have, exactly as it is, you give it space and the nourishment to become more You transform your perspective on life. No longer are you a victim.
When people are truly grateful and excited for what you have given them, you want to give more and more. Now imagine a child who is not grateful, who complains about what you have just given. The last thing you want to do is give more. Life is a giver of gifts, large and small, and you are that child. Be grateful for what you do have, don’t ignore the blessings under your nose.
The country thrived under his leadership.（這個國家在他的領導下繁榮成長。）
Some people thrive on a stressful lifestyle.（某些人因生活中的壓力活得更帶勁。）
Creative people are usually very determined and thrive on overcoming obstacles.（富創造力的人往往意志堅定，而且不斷克服困難、茁壯成長。）
Four of them had gone off to find help.（他們其中的四個人去尋求幫助了。）
I’m off to a good start, but I still need to focus a lot in order to win.（我有一個好的開始，但仍然需要集中精神贏得比賽。）
We’re off to see the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.（我們正準備去看《綠野仙踪》裡的偉大巫師。）
The last thing
「The last thing …..」是輾轉地說「something that you certainly do not want, need, etc.」（你肯定不想要的……），也就是「決不」，例如：
Hope is the last thing extinguished in the heart of man.（希望原是人類心中最不該幻滅的東西。）
That is the last thing to try.（那種事絕對不該嘗試。）
The last thing on earth I wanted was a mess like this.（我最不希望出現如此混亂的事。）
Put Your Foot In It
Betty：That woman you were talking to just now. She didn’t look very pleased as she walked away. Did you have a disagreement over something?
Alice：Not exactly. It was all very embarrassing, actually.
Betty：Well what happened?
Alice：We were talking about that man over there.
Betty：What – that one? With the dreadful hair and those awful clothes?
Alice：Exactly. I just said how odd I thought he looked.
Alice：He happens to be that woman’s husband.
Betty：Oh dear. You really put your foot in it, didn’t you.
貝 蒂：剛剛在跟妳說話的那個女人，她走開時看起來不太高興。 妳們有什麼意見不合嗎？
貝 蒂：啥，那個男人？ 髮型恐怖、穿著又糟糕的那個？