Unit 9 Facing Life’s Challenges
① Life may give you a negative, but don't despair - it may just develop into a beautiful picture one day. This year, I realized my theory that I have on life. Life is like a 300m hurdle race. Since I run the 300m hurdles, I would know what the race is like.
② The first thing to any race is worrying about whether you are going to win or not. This relates to worrying about the petty things in life. Does it really matter if you win? Is it really going to be the end of the world? Or will you be upset if you lose and then forget about it? (1)In life we worry too much and live in the moment too little. (承上总结句)
③ (2)Next is the lining up in our own individual lanes. We each start at different spots, but the race is still the same distance for everyone.(承上启下句) (3)This relates to our lives taking us to different places and putting us in different situations, but hopefully we will end up in the same place, but maybe at different times.
④ Now comes the beginning of the race. We all try to keep up with everyone and pace ourselves with other people. (4)This symbolizes that at times in everyone's lives we worry, about fitting in or being the same as other people, instead of worrying about being unique. If everyone were the same, the world would be incredibly boring.
1. In life we worry too much and live in the moment too little.
2. Next is the lining up in our own individual lanes.
3. This relates to our lives taking us to different places and putting us in different situations, but hopefully we will end up in the same place, but maybe at different times.
(1) relate to 涉及，有关
(2) taking us to different places和putting us in different situations的逻辑主语都是our lives，作relate to的宾语。
(3) end up in the same place 在同一个地方结束，即有同样的结局
end up in prison / in debts
end up begging
end up as a beggar / prisoner
4. This symbolizes that at times in everyone's lives we worry, about fitting in or being the same as other people, instead of worrying about being unique.
(1) at times: sometimes
(2) fit in:合得来，适应
(3) instead of: rather than
⑤ Now comes the first hurdle. This hurdle is the easiest to get over because you are not worn out from running. We all make it over this hurdle with ease. This symbolizes those obstacles in life that we struggle to get over, but we always manage to do so. You can look at that hurdle in two ways: "I can't make it over, I'm too tired" or "I am one more hurdle closer to finishing this race". This is an example of taking a negative situation and seeing something positive in it.(承上句)
⑥ The next part of the race is every hurdle between the first and last one. (主题句)These hurdles get tougher and tougher and you may feel as though you can't go on. This happens a lot in life too.(承上启下句)There may be a situation that arises where you feel as though you can't make it and all you can think about is giving up. You may fall over that "hurdle" or struggle getting over it, but somehow you find it in yourself to jump over it and move on with the race.
⑦ Next is that last 100m of the race. You feel as though you just want to say, "No I can't do this." (5)Again, you must find it in yourself that you can do it, and you must finish the race stronger than when you had started it.
5. Again, you must find it in yourself that you can do it, and you must finish the race stronger than when you had started it.
(1) find it in yourself that you can do it，it是形式宾语，真正的宾语是that从句。
(2) you must finish the race stronger than…，stronger是主语的补语，说明主语的状态。例如：
He died young / poor.
He died a beggar.
She came from her marriage a stronger person.
⑧ Now lastly is the last hurdle. This hurdle is the toughest out of all of them. (6)In life we find ourselves falling and falling, and maybe getting too lost in our problems that we feel like we have been through enough and there's no hope. That last hurdle symbolizes these situations.(承上句)It's one step close to the end of the race.
⑨ Once you finish, you look back on it and you realize that you made it not by leaping, but step by step. (7) "Yard by yard, life is very hard. But inch by inch, life can be a cinch."
6. In life we find ourselves falling and falling, and maybe getting too lost in our problems that we feel like we have been through enough and there's no hope.
(1) find oneself falling and falling，现在分词作宾补。(可参考Unit 7, Text A)再如：
When he came to, he found himself lying in hospital.
He found himself surrounded by several boys.
(2) be through 经过，历经;完成，结束(可参考Unit 5, Text B)
7. "Yard by yard, life is very hard. But inch by inch, life can be a cinch."
一码一码地，生活很困难。但是一英寸一英寸地来，生活只是小菜一碟。即生活中我们要一步一个脚印，循序渐进。(注：1 yard=0.9144 meter, 1 inch=2.54 centimeters)
⑩ (8)All it takes is one step at a time, one hurdle at a time.
8. All it takes is one step at a time, one hurdle at a time.
(1) all=all that=what
(2) at a time: separately一次，依次，每次
Take the pills two at a time.
区分：at one time: formerly一度，从前
At one time I used to go skiing every winter.
【单选题】19. Shenzhen was a small village ______.
A. a time
B. one time
C. at a time
D. at one time
【解析】本题考查at one time和at a time的区别。at one time意为"曾经，一度"，at a time意为"一次，每次"，故选D。本句的意思是"深圳曾经是个小渔村。"
【知识点】at one time和at a time的区别
P256 Bridging the Gap
Directions: Fill in the blanks with a word or a phrase that best completes the passage. You may choose a suitable one from the list given.
动词 名词 形容词 副词 介词 连词
mark mark confused intentionally as opposed to even if
confused potential likely
called upon natural
Gifts are those talents and abilities that flow almost effortlessly from us. Gifts are sometimes 1 confusedwith skills. While skills can be developed, gifts are something we are born with - they are what we discover as we try new things and find that some things are as 2 naturalto us as breathing.
When we 3 intentionallymake a decision to create our life and work based on our gifts, we're not only more 4 likelyto succeed, but can also more thoroughly enjoy the journey toward creating and realizing our full 5 potential .
Take inventory of(评估) your life to determine where you are utilizing learned and developed skills 6 as opposed toexpressing and honoring your innate(与生俱来的)gifts. Are you operating based on what you think you "ought" to be doing or are you living an authentic life that is rich and fulfilling?
7 Even ifyou are not in a place to pursue a new career based on your gifts, look for ways to make your gifts 8 known to others and demonstrate them in as many areas of your life as possible. The more your gifts are 9 called upon, the more naturally you will fully accept and promote those gifts. The more you express your life through your innate gifts, the more you will excel. It's a beautifully self-perpetuating(能使自身永久存在的)process once you make the decision to begin.
Your gifts are your signature, your unique paintbrushes - use them to express your greatness and make your greatness and make your 10 markon the world!