Chopsticks. Right now, millions of people are digging into their foodwith two sticks that have stood the test of time as a utensil for humans,even when countless thousands of other tools, gadgets and products haven't.But what's so special about them?
What can we learn from mere chopsticks?
Personally, I have used them all my life, but it was only recently that Irealised the depth of influence they had in many people's way of life. Theyteach us the importance of:
Simplicity. They can come in all kinds of colours and sizes butessentially they are just two long sticks. There's hardly anything more simplethan two bits of wood being pushed together. With new technology being releasedeveryday and adverts bombarding us with the need to be able to do more withless, multi-tasking and multiple-use devices, it is sort of refreshing to stillhave something which has just one use—simply to eat. Chopsticks are a livingexample that simplicity simply works, and we don't need to keep developing,improving and fixing things all the time.
Versatility. Chopsticks can be used for picking up all kinds of food;meat, veg, rice, even the bones from fish, because by nature, their simplicitymeans that they are adaptable. Instead of aiming for a niche in an attemptto find a "gap in the market", or to fill a hole that probablydoesn't need filling, they cater to a wide range purposes. Imagine being likechopsticks in this way, able to appeal to many people because you are useful,without worrying about being "more innovative" or"better" in anyway. They just do what they are made to do; they justare.
Aim. If you've ever tried using them, you know that you can't get what youwant by just haphazardly stabbing at the plate. To be able to get whatyou want, you have to aim for it. There's no way you can pick up everything inone go. Know what you want, and just do it. Sometimes, a little bit of focusmakes the difference between failure and success.
Practice. Using chopsticks doesn't come naturally. You have to learn touse them and practice it. But how will you learn? Should you just read aboutit? Most would agree that there's no better way to practice than to look at thedelicious food in front of you and tell yourself that you can't have any untilyou can use the chopsticks to get it. In real life, you can read as much as youlike about all the things you want to do, but it will just amount to dreamsand theory if you don't try actually doing it. Don't just watch others eating,put yourself out there and give the chopsticks a go.
Slowing Down. A common health tip is to try to eat with chopsticks whenyou can. Why? Because it slows you down and allows your stomach to tell yourbrain you're full before you overeat. Eating with chopsticks is a slowerprocess, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes we need to slowdown and take things one step at a time, break it down at each stage so that wehave time to think, to realise that we're actually full and that we don't haveto keep charging full speed through life. 放慢节奏。有一个众所周知的健康技巧是：尽可能使用筷子吃饭。为什么呢？因为它能让你放慢节奏，让肚子在吃撑前告诉大脑：你饱了。虽然用筷子吃饭是个较慢的过程，但这不见得是件坏事。有时我们需要放慢节奏，一步一步来，每个阶段停顿一下，以使我们有时间思考，认识到自己实际上已经饱了。我们没有必要总是保持高速冲刺的生活。
Sometimes it's nice to enjoy each morsel of life as it comes.
1. dig into: 开始(大)吃(或喝)
2. utensil [ju:'tensəl]n. 器皿，用具
3. gadget ['ɡædʒit] n. 小玩意儿
4. advert [əd'və:t] n. <英口> 广告
5. bombard [bɔm'bɑ:d, 'bɔmbɑ:d] vt. 炮击；轰炸
6. versatility n. 多用途，多功能
7. adaptable [ə'dæptəbl] adj. 能适应的, 可修改的
8. niche [ni:ʃ, nitʃ] n. (有利可图的)市场一隅
9. appeal to: 有感染力；有吸引力；投合所好
10. innovative ['inəuveitiv] adj. 革新的，新颖的
11. haphazardly [,hæp'hæzədli] adv. 随意地，偶然地
12. stab [stæb] vi. 刺，戳
13. in one go: 一口气
14. amount to: (在意义、效果、价值等方面)等同；接近
15. morsel ['mɔ:sel] n. (食物的)一口，小份