Partricia Pania never wanted to be a national public figure. All she wanted to be was a mother and a homemaker. But her life was turned upside down when a motorist district by his cell phone, ran a stop sign and crashed into the side of her car. The impact killed her two-year-old daughter.
Four months later, Partricia reluctantly but courageously decided to try to educate the public and to fight for laws to ban drivers from using cell phones while a car is moving. She wanted to save other children from what happened to her daughter. In her first speech, Partricia got off to a shaky start. She was visibly trembling and her voice was soft and uncertain. But as she got into her speech, a dramatic transtormation took place. She stopped shaking andspoke with a strong voice. For the rest of her talk, she was a forceful and compelling speaker.She wanted everyone in the audience to know what she knew without having to learn it from a personal tragedy. Many in the audience were moved to tears, and to action.
In subsequent presentations, Pania gained reputation as a highly effective speaker. Her appearance on a talk show was broadcast three times transmitting her messageto over 14,000,000 people. Her campaign increased public awareness of the problem and prompted over 300 cities and several states to consider restrictions on cell phone use.
關于優秀的英文短文：The Story in Emergency Room
In her early days as an emergency room physician, Doctor Joanna Myer treated a child who had suffered a second degree burn. After the child had been treated and was being prepared fordischarge. Doctor Myer talked to the parents about how they should care for the child at home. Also listening to her were a half a dozen other family members. A few hours later, when she came to say goodbye, the family asked her to settle an argument they’d been having over exactly what advice she had given. ”
As I talked to them. I was amazed.” she said. “All of them had heard the simple instructions I have given just a few hours before, but they have three or four different version.The most basic details were unclear and confusing.I was surprised, because these were intelligent people.” This episode gave Doctor Myer her first clue to something every doctor learns sooner or later – most people just don’t listen very well. Nowadays, she says she repeats her instruction, and even conduct a reality check with some patients. She asks them to tell her what they think they are supposed to do. She also provides take-home sheets which are computer printouts tailored to the patients’situation. Doctor Myer’s listeners are not unusual. When new or difficult material is presented, almost all listeners are faced with the challenge because human speech lacks the stability and permanence of the printed word.Oral communication is fast-moving andimpermanent.
關于優秀的英文短文：On Achievements and Dreams
It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
We feel free when we escape – even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.
There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.
The only way to predict the future is to have the power to shape the future.
No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps look on our shortcomings andtransgression. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of visionary and idealist.
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.
We need our own dreams.
It is curious that our own offenses should seem so much less heinous than the offenses of others. I suppose the reason is that we know all the circumstances that have occasioned them and so manage to excuse in ourselves what we cannot excuse in others. We turn our attention away from our own defects, and when we are forced by untoward events to consider them, find it easy to condone them. For all I know we are right to do this; they are part of us and we must accept the good and bad in ourselves together.
But when we come to judge others, it is not by ourselves as we really are that we judge hem, but by an image that we have formed of ourselves from which we have left out everything that offends our vanity or would discredit us in the eyes of the world. To take a trivial stance: how scornful we are when we catch someone out telling a lie; but who can say that he has ever told not one, but a hundred?
There is not much to choose between men. They are all a hotchpotch of greatness and tininess, of virtue and vice, of nobility and baseness. Some have more strength of character, or more opportunity, and so in one direction or another give their instincts freer play, butinitially they are the same. For my part, I do not think I am any better or any worse than most people, but I know that if I set down every action in my life and every thought that has crossed my mind, the world would consider me a monster of depravity. The knowledge that these reveries are common to all men should inspire one with tolerance to oneself as well as to others. It is well also if they enable us to look upon our fellows, even the most eminent and respectable, with humor, and if they lead us to take ourselves not too seriously.