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  14。 What makes the speaker change her life style?

May you always be courageous

  Passage Two

The Greek philosopher Socrates said, ‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ And while ‘just do it’ might be a good motto for some things, it’s not a good motto when it’s trying to figure out how to live your life that is before you. And one important clue to living a good life is to not to try to live THE good life. The best way to lose the values that are central to who you are is frankly not to think about them at all.

  15。 What happened after the speaker changed her life style?

May your heart always be joyful

  How often do you say to people “I’m busy” or “I haven’t got time for that。” (12)It’s inevitable true that all of us live a life in the far slain, even though we know that being busy is not always particular healthy。 Growing-up in New Zealand, everything was always calm and slow, people enjoy the tranquility of a slower pace of life。 After I moved to the Tokyo and lived there in a number of years, (13) I got used to having a pilot to do lists。 And my calendar always looks like a mass with lots of things to do。 Return across it, I found myself feeling my timer with endless work meetings in social events。 Russian along as busy as it be。 Then, one day, (14) I came across a book, called in praise of slowness and realized that being busy is not only detrimental, but also has the danger of turning life into endless race。 So I started practicing various practical steps, mentioned by the author of the book, and began to revolt against every idea of being too busy。 It doesn’t mean that to do lists no longer exist, (15) but I become more aware of the important of slowing down and making sure that I enjoy the daily activities as I care about。 From now on, when someone asked how your life is, try your responding with the words like “exciting and fun”, instead of the culture norm that says busy。 Say if your experience that tranquility that follows。

You’ve been at a school with just boys. Most of you will be going to a school with girls. I have no advice for you.

  12。 What does the speaker think is inevitable truth?

Thank you very much.

  13。 What does the speaker about her life in Tokyo?

May you always know the truth


May you have a strong foundation

And may you stay forever young

And may you stay forever young


Rain, somebody said, is like confetti from heaven. So even the heavens are celebrating this morning, joining the rest of us at this wonderful commencement ceremony. Before we go any further, graduates, you have an important task to perform because behind you are your parents and guardians. Two or three or four years ago, they drove into Cardigan, dropped you off, helped you get settled and then turned around and drove back out the gates. It was an extraordinary sacrifice for them. They drove down the trail of tears back to an emptier and lonelier house. They did that because the decision about your education, they knew, was about you. It was not about them. That sacrifice and others they made have brought you to this point. But this morning is not just about you. It is also about them, so I hope you will stand up and turn around and give them a great round of applause. Please.

May you build a ladder to the stars

When the winds of changes shift

Now when somebody asks me how the remarks at Cardigan went, I will be able to say they were interrupted by applause. Congratulations, class of

  1. You’ve reached an important milestone. An important stage of your life is behind you. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you it is the easiest stage of your life, but it is in the books. While you’ve been at Cardigan, you have all been a part of an important international community as well. And I think that needs to be particularly recognized.

Now the commencement speakers will typically also wish you good luck and extend good wishes to you. I will not do that, and I’ll tell you why. From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice. I hope that you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck, again, from time to time so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life and understand that your success is not completely deserved and that the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then, your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you’ll be ignored so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion. Whether I wish these things or not, they’re going to happen. And whether you benefit from them or not will depend upon your ability to see the message in your misfortunes.

Now commencement speakers are also expected to give some advice. They give grand advice, and they give some useful tips. The most common grand advice they give is for you to be yourself. It is an odd piece of advice to give people dressed identically, but you should — you should be yourself. But you should understand what that means. Unless you are perfect, it does not mean don’t make any changes. In a certain sense, you should not be yourself. You should try to become something better. People say ‘be yourself’ because they want you to resist the impulse to conform to what others want you to be. But you can’t be yourself if you don't learn who are, and you can’t learn who you are unless you think about it.

May your wishes all come true

[Roberts gave brief remarks in other languages.]