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  • Over two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day,

    全球人類每天喝超過 20 億杯咖啡,

  • and it takes a lot of people to make just one cup.

    而製成我們手中的這杯咖啡,背後其實涉及許多人在不同崗位上的努力。

  • One man went on a quest to figure out what it's like to thank each and every one of them.

    為了親自感謝咖啡產業相關工作者,美國一名男子踏上奇妙旅程。

  • A.J. Jacobs is a writer who lives in New York City.

    A.J. Jacobs 是一名住在紐約市的作家。

  • Hi, I'm A.J.

    你好,我是 A.J.。

  • And he's the first to admit he can be a bit of a grouch.

    A.J. 坦承,自己是個愛發牢騷的人。

  • My default state is grumpiness.

    我很容易生氣。

  • I am very good at noticing all the things that go wrong.

    也很擅於糾錯。

  • So, to make a change, he started giving thanks during dinner.

    為了改變自己,他開始在晚餐時對食物表達心中的感謝之情。

  • I would say "thank you" to everyone who helped make my meal.

    我在餐桌上向每一位製作我餐點的人說「謝謝」。

  • Until one night.

    直到某一個晚上。

  • My 10-year-old son was like, "You know, Dad, those people can't hear you."

    我的十歲兒子對我說,「爸,你知道嗎?那些人根本聽不到你的感謝。」

  • "If you really cared, you would go and thank these people in person."

    「如果你真的在乎他們,你應該親自向他們每一位道謝。」

  • And that's when the light bulb went off.

    兒子的一番話啟發了他。

  • He decided to hone in on something he knew he took for granted every day.

    他開始反思每天視為理所當然的事情。

  • My morning cup of coffee.

    我的早晨咖啡。

  • Over the next 12 months, A.J. set out to thank every single person who had even the smallest role in his morning cup of joe.

    在接下來的一年裡,A.J. 出發去感謝每一位有份製作他早晨咖啡的人,無論對方的影響力是大是小。

  • First, it was his local barista, the roaster, and the coffee shop sourcer.

    他先感謝當地的咖啡師、咖啡烘焙師和咖啡店採購人員。

  • Whenever I thanked one person, they would say, "Well, I couldn't do my job without this person."

    每當我感謝一個人的時候,他們都會告訴我,「要不是誰誰誰,我恐怕也沒辦法完成我的工作。」

  • So, one person led to another, led to another, led to another.

    這些人引領著他認識一個又一個的相關工作者。

  • He ventured outside the city, and eventually the country.

    他從紐約市出發,甚至踏出美國去找到每一位感謝者,好好表達他的謝意。

  • I thanked the folks who provide electricity to the coffee shop,

    我感謝生產電力給咖啡店的人、

  • the engineers who provide the water, the people who make the steel,

    感謝提供用水的工程師、感謝煉鐵的人、

  • the farmer, and the importer, the truck driver,

    感謝農夫、感謝進口商、感謝卡車司機、

  • the person who paved the road, even the woman who painted the yellow lines in the road so that my coffee beans could safely arrive at my coffee shop.

    感謝鋪路的工人,甚至是在馬路上畫雙黃線、讓我的咖啡豆平安抵達咖啡店的一位女性工人。

  • I remember I called the woman who does pest control for the warehouse and I said,

    我還記得,我打電話給在負責咖啡倉庫害蟲防治工作的女士,並對她說,

  • "I know this sounds strange, but I want to thank you for keeping the insects out of my coffee."

    「我知道這聽起來很怪,但我想感謝你讓我的咖啡免受昆蟲侵害。」

  • And she said, "Well, that does sound strange, but, thank YOU,

    她回我說,「這的確很怪,但還是謝謝你。

  • you know, I don't get a lot of appreciation in my job."

    因為很少人留意到我們這些幕後工作者。」

  • All in, A.J. ended up thanking over 1,000 different people,

    最後,A.J. 總共感謝了超過 1,000 名的工作者,

  • and while most were pleasantly surprised by his gratitude, it's A.J. who benefited the most.

    他們當中,大多數人都對 A.J. 表達的感激感到驚喜,不過收穫最多的卻是 A.J. 本人。

  • The experience has made me grateful for the hundreds of things that go right every day as opposed to the three or four that go wrong.

    這次的體驗教會我對每一個發生在日常中的幸運心存感激,而不糾結於偶爾出現的小瑕疵。

  • I tell my friends that they should try these gratitude trails themselves.

    我推薦我的朋友們向每一個值得感謝的人表達謝意。

  • They could just be small gestureslooking someone in the eye, the cashier at the drugstore.

    表達感謝的方式不必勞師動眾,看著藥妝店收銀員的雙眼表達你的謝意也是一種很有意義的方式。

  • It could be sending a quick note to the designer of a logo you love.

    或者你也可以寫一封簡單的感謝信,給你喜歡的商標設計師。

  • I will tell you that it will make your life better.

    你的生活會因此變得更好。

  • It's changed the way I live my life.

    我本人就受惠良多。

  • [Great Big Story]

    [Great Big Story]

Over two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day,

全球人類每天喝超過 20 億杯咖啡,

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A2 初級 中文 美國腔 GreatBigStory 咖啡 表達 咖啡店 工作 紐約市

我就是要謝謝你!為了一杯咖啡,感謝上千人! (Thanking a Thousand People for a Single Cup of Coffee)

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    April Lu 發佈於 2019 年 05 月 26 日
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