Right now， millions of people are digging into1 their food with two sticks that have stood the test of time for humans， even when thousands of other tools and products havent. But whats so special about them？
What can we learn from mere chopsticks？
Personally， I have used them all my life， but it was only recently that I realized the depth of influence they had in many peoples way of life. They teach us a lot.
The first thing is simplicity. They can come in all kinds of colours and sizes but essentially they are just two long sticks. Theres hardly anything more simple than two bits of wood being pushed together. With new technology being released everyday and advertisement bombarding2 us with the need to be able to do more with less， multi-tasking and multipleuse machines， it is special to still have something which has just one use—simply to eat. Chopsticks are a living example that simplicity simply works， and we dont need to keep developing， improving and fixing things all the time.
The second thing is versatility3. Chopsticks can be used for picking up all kinds of food： meat， vegetables， rice and even the bones from fish， because by nature， their simplicity means that they are adaptable4. Instead of aiming for finding a“gap in the market”， or to fill a hole that probably doesnt need filling， they match a wide range purposes. Imagine being like chopsticks in this way， able to appeal to5 many people because you are useful， without worrying about being kicked away in anyway. They just do what they are made to do; they just are.
The third thing is aim. If youve ever tried using them， you know that you have to aim for it in order to be able to get what you want. Theres no way you can pick up everything in one go. Know what you want， and just do it. Sometimes， a little bit of focus makes the difference between failure and success.
The next thing is practice. Using chopsticks doesnt come naturally. You have to learn to use them and practice it. But how will you learn？ Should you just read about it？ Most would agree that theres no better way to practice than to look at the delicious food in front of you and tell yourself that you cant have any until you can use the chopsticks to get it. In real life， you can read as much as you like about all the things you want to do， but they will just be dreams and theory if you dont try actually doing them. Dont just watch others eating， put yourself out there and give the chopsticks a go.
The last thing is slowing down. A common health tip is to try to eat with chopsticks when you can. Why？ Because it slows you down and allows your stomach to tell your brain youre full before you overeat. Eating with chopsticks is a slower process， but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes we need to slow down and take things one step at a time， break it down at each stage so that we have time to think， to realize that were actually full and that we dont have to keep charging full speed through life. Sometimes its nice to enjoy each bite of life as it comes.
1. dig into 开始（大）吃（或喝）
2. bombard? vt. 炮击;轰炸
3. versatility n. 多用途;多功能
4. adaptable adj. 能适应的;可修改的
5. appeal to 有感染力;有吸引力;投合所好