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作者: 阳江翻译公司  发布时间:2017-05-08 13:41:25  点击率:

 乐观是一种积极的生活态度,大部分人都希望自己可以乐观一些,因为乐观的人时时充满自信,似乎成功的几率也更大。但是乐观的人容易盲目乐观,低估不利因素,一旦失败,则倍受打击。相比之下,悲观的人做事则更加谨慎。Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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By Sarah GrovesIot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

"This," I said to my husband, pointing to the brownie smears on the floor, the blisters on my hand, and the clocks that read 10 p.m., "is why I did not marry an optimist."Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

My brother was visiting us in South Africa from Hong Kong. After the first day, his 10-year-old daughter, Sophia, and my 11-year-old daughter, Lael, had signed onto a business deal.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I should never have left the girls alone in the lounge. Within minutes the conversation had moved from their savings, their investments, and their earnings to a foolproof plan.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Lael had approached me sweetly in the kitchen: "Sophia thinks we should bake a huge batch of cookies, sit outside our gate, and sell them to passersby."Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I looked at Lael. "I didn't think it would work either," she smiled. Lael went back to consult Sophia. A little while later, she returned with her.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

"How about if we move our couches into the garden and invite passersby into our lounge? Then we can serve them cookies and homemade lemonade ," Lael said.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I looked at Lael again. There was no way around this. A business was going to happen, and I could either alleviate the damage or go down in flames fighting.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

"OK," I said. "What if we bake a batch of cookies at your aunt's house and then sell them to her neighbors?" The girls nodded furiously .Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

"But," I said quickly, "don't worry if it doesn't work – if the cookies fail or the neighbors don't buy." Lael nodded patiently at me. Sophia stared blankly . She had never had a failed business plan, it seems; she had never heard a warning about one. She was the daughter of an optimist.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The next day we baked. Within minutes, we sold all the cookies to the neighbors. When the profits were divided, each girl got 7 rand (about 66 cents).Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

"I'm used to making a bit more than this," Sophia confided to her father.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

"Then," he announced to all, "I will get you a stand at the farmers' market."Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

The girls whooped. I began to mutter: "Now don't be disappointed if it doesn't work. You can't just show up at the market and get a stall. Not many people buy desserts first thing in the morning. It's forecast to rain, and it will be quiet."Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

We spent the good part of Friday night baking – brownies, this time. I spent the bad part of Friday night slicing and packaging brownies and cleaning the kitchen.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

On Saturday morning, the girls and their dads set off at 6. At 7:30 they returned. It was cold and raining; I knew it would never work.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

"Sold out! " my daughter cheered from the car. "We were sold out!"Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

"How did you even get in in the first place?" I asked.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

"Your brother talked and laughed," my husband replied. "The girls talked and smiled, and the next thing we knew, we were in and sold out."Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

I looked at my husband. There was something wrong with his voice. And he was beaming dangerously.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He had always been a sensible man, a realist. He was the one who had sat me down to listen to Alain de Botton's secular sermon on pessimism. He was the one who had said the problem with the West is our can-do attitude, and then when we "can't do," we feel let down. He was the one who had agreed with my dad that pessimists are stable because they are never disappointed.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

He wouldn't switch sides now, would he? Surely not. Not over one little paltry optimist's success.Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

Later, somewhere in the distance, like a tolling bell, I heard his words: "Lael, should we do this every Saturday?"Iot阳江翻译公司-忠信乐译翻译有限公司

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