Journey in Life: 02/03/15

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"The swing of the pendulum" nghĩa là gì?

Mirrored Foucault Pendulum. Photo courtesy Hitchster.

'The swing of the pendulum' có từ swing là sự thay đổi (từ ý kiến này sang ý kiến khác) và pendulum là quả lắc hay người hay do dự dao động, do đó cụm từ này có nghĩa là sự thay đổi của công chúng từ cực này sang cực khác.

Ví dụ
Life has lots of ups and downs (thăng trầm) like rolling hills (những ngọn đồi nghiêng ngả). It’s full of oscillations (sự dao động) with good days and bad days like a pendulum moving side to side. And the scariest part is we often don’t know where we are on the hills or the swing of the pendulum.

Britain used to be seen as a paradigm (mô hình) of strong and stable government, made possible by the dominance of two large parties with mass support alternating in power through the swing of the pendulum. This model is now of historical interest only.

This marks a distinct (khác biệt, dễ nhận thấy) mood-reversal from the YouGov poll that was conducted over the last weekend, which showed 51 per cent in favour of independence and 49 per cent against. The swing of the pendulum back to a pro-Union mood in Scotland is seen as the result of a concerted effort (nỗ lực phối hợp) by an alarmed establishment faced with the very real possibility that Scotland would vote to be independent.

Phạm Hạnh

Always stay true to yourself

Photo courtesy Timothy Marsee.

Stay true to yourself because there are very few people... who will stay true to you.
~ Unknown

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The more money you have, the more ways you'll find to spend it all (tiêu hết). To get a handle (kiểm soát) on your impulsive spending (mua sắm bốc đồng), divide your potential purchases into two categories: likes, and loves. Then toss out (ném đi, vứt đi) the former.

As personal finance blog The Smile Lifestyle explains, spending money on things you only like is a quick way to pour money down the drain (vứt tiền qua cửa sổ) for very little benefit. Doing something you only like makes you a little happier for a moment, but it actively takes away from things you could be doing that you'll really love. By definition, it's not worth the trade off (không đáng đánh đổi):

Take a step back (lùi lại) and ask yourself (tự hỏi), "how many purchases have you made that you only liked and didn't really love?" Quite a few? You're not alone. Imagine all my $40 dinners I had in span of a 30 days. That's $1200 enough for an all inclusive trip to the Dominican Republic for two people. I would complain I didn't have the money to go on vacation but I was continuing to buy things I liked over what I said I loved… traveling.

Sometimes doing what you like can be a treat (tự thưởng) that you need (like eating out at the end of a hard week). However, you probably know what it is you love and what will make you happy long term. If you find that you're never able to afford the things you love, take a look at how much money you're spending on things you like.