[00:08.42]When I decided to quit my full time employment
[00:11.27]it never occurred to me that I might
[00:13.38]become a part of a new international trend.
[00:16.51]A lateral move that hurt my pride
[00:18.93]and blocked my professional
[00:20.54]progress prompted me to abandon
[00:23.37]my relatively high profile career although,
[00:26.69]in the manner of a disgraced government minister,
[00:29.93]I covered my exit by claiming
[00:32.35]"I wanted to spend more time with my family".
[00:36.19]Curiously, some two-and-a-half years
[00:38.91]and two novels later,
[00:40.82]my experiment in what the Americans term
[00:43.94]"downshifting" has turned my tired excuse
[00:47.37]into an absolute reality.
[00:50.50]I have been transformed from a passionate
[00:53.42]advocate of the philosophy of "having it all",
[00:56.64]preached by Linda Kelsey for the past seven years
[00:59.87]in the pages of She magazine,
[01:02.29]into a woman who is happy to settle for
[01:04.81]a bit of everything.
[01:07.03]I have discovered, as perhaps Kelsey
[01:09.75]will after her much-publicized resignation
[01:13.28]from the editorship of She after a build-up of stress,
[01:17.03]that abandoning the doctrine of "juggling your life",
[01:20.85]and making the alternative move into "downshifting" brings
[01:24.89]with it far greater rewards
[01:26.98]than financial success and social status.
[01:31.12]Nothing could persuade me to return
[01:33.54]to the kind of life Kelsey used to advocate
[01:36.46]and I once enjoyed:
[01:38.58]12-hour working days, pressured deadlines,
[01:42.11]the fearful strain of office politics
[01:44.84]and the limitations of being a parent on "quality time".
[01:49.78]In America, the move away from juggling to a simpler,
[01:54.11]less materialistic lifestyle is a well-established trend.
[01:58.75]Downshifting--also known in America
[02:01.58]as "voluntary simplicity"--has, ironically,
[02:05.31]even bred a new area of
[02:07.32]what might be termed anti-consumerism.
[02:11.56]There are a number of bestselling downshifting
[02:14.09]self-help books for people
[02:16.20]who want to simplify their lives;
[02:18.62]there are newsletters, such as The Tightwad Gazette,
[02:22.34]that give hundreds of thousands of Americans
[02:24.75]useful tips on anything
[02:26.98]from recycling their cling-film to making their own soap;
[02:31.41]there are even support groups for those
[02:33.90]who want to achieve the mid-'90s equivalent of
[02:38.64]While in America the trend started as a reaction to
[02:41.55]the economic decline--after the mass redundancies
[02:45.07]caused by downsizing in the late '80s
[02:48.41]--and is still linked to the politics of thrift, in Britain,
[02:52.62]at least among the middle-class downshifters of my acquaintance,
[02:56.95]we have different reasons for seeking to simplify our lives.
[03:01.79]For the women of my generation
[03:03.71]who were urged to keep juggling through the '80s,
[03:06.83]downshifting in the mid-'90s
[03:09.25]is not so much a search for the mythical good life
[03:13.08]--growing your own organic vegetables,
[03:15.30]and risking turning into one
[03:18.02]--as a personal recognition of your limitations.内容来自 听力课堂网：http://www.tingclass.net/show-8686-250987-1.html