【英语美文】A box full of kisses装满吻的盒子

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The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy.”

有这样一个故事,爸爸因为三岁的女儿浪费了一卷金色的包装纸而惩罚了她。家里很缺钱,当孩子想要用包装纸装饰一个挂在圣诞树上的盒子时,爸爸生气了。然而,第二天早上小女孩把盒子作为礼物送给了爸爸,“这是给你的,爸爸。”

The man was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found out the box was empty. He yelled at her, stating, "Don't you know, when you give someone a present, there is supposed to be something inside? The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and cried, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty at all. I blew kisses into the box. They're all for you, Daddy."

女儿的这个行为让爸爸感到尴尬。但是当他发现盒子是空的时候,他的怒火再一次燃烧了。他对女儿喊道,“难道你不知道给别人礼物的时候,里面应该放有东西吗?”多女孩抬头看着父亲,眼里含着泪水,“爸爸,盒子不是空的。我把吻放在了盒子里,都是给你的,爸爸。”

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness. Only a short time later, an accident took the life of the child. It is also told that her father kept that gold box by his bed for many years and, whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

爸爸感动极了,他搂住女儿,恳请她的原谅。之后不久,一场事故夺走了小女孩的生命。据说,父亲便将那个小金盒子放在床头,一直陪伴着他的余生。无论何时他感到气馁或者遇到难办的事情,他就会打开礼盒,取出一个假想的吻,记起漂亮女儿给予了自己特殊的爱。

In a very real sense, each one of us, as humans beings have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses... from our children, family members, friends, and God. There is simply no other possession, anyone could hold, more precious than this.

从一个非常真实的意义上说,我们每个人都被赠与过一个无形的金色礼盒,那里面装满了来自子女,家人,朋友及上帝无条件的爱与吻。人们所能拥有的最珍贵的礼物莫过于此了。

What is Love?爱是什么?

What is Love? The eternal question we all carry around deep within our heart. Love is the eternal search. Love is eternal when we find it. But do we really ever find it? When we define it do we negate it? When we set limits on what we believe to be love do we begin to destroy it by hoping to understand or own it for ourselves? We offer it through all of our relationship we vary our giving, often by what we hope to receive in return. But is this really loves?

爱是什么?这是所有人心底一个永恒的问题。爱,是永恒的寻觅。爱一旦被找到,它也将变为永恒。但是我们真的找到过爱吗?当我们定义爱的同时,是否也在否定爱呢?在给我们所认为的爱加种种限制的同时,我们试图按自己的方式理解它,或想将其据为己有时,我们是否也在破坏它呢?我们将爱施与周围的所有人,而如何给予是由期望的回报来决定的。但这是真正的爱

I recently overheard someone say in a conversation that there is no such thing as “unconditional love .”I would have to agree, although for different reasons. Love within itself is unconditional. Anything else is only an attempt to love, a learning to get us nearer to the one true knowing of love. It may be honorable, well-intentioned, passionate and desiring, courageous and pure. It may be felt as temporary, but if lost easily it may not have been love at all. Love cannot be thwarted and often fall short of what we hope love will be. This is where we learn we are human.

最近,我无意间听别人说,世上没有所谓的“无条件的爱”。在此,我不得不表示同意这一论断,尽管理由不尽相同,但爱本身确是无条件的。其他一切都仅仅是爱的一种尝试,通过它们去逐渐地理解爱的真谛。爱可能是高贵善意的,是充满热情和渴望的,是勇敢和纯洁的;爱是势不可挡的,而且,常常达不到我们的期望值。由此我们可以透察人性。

Love has been experienced as a life of living poetry. Love has been experienced as being the very notes of song, uplifting and generous to the wanting ear. Love has been experienced as the final act of giving one’s life for another in battle. Love has been experienced as an endless passionate over flow of emotion in the arms of waiting lover.

爱的经历就像一首鲜活灵动的诗;爱的经历就像一个个美妙动听的音符,让企盼的双耳得到振奋、满足;爱的经历就像战场上舍己救人的一幕;爱的经历就像赋予人新生的选择;爱的经历就像依偎在期盼已久的爱人臂弯时所流露出的无尽爱意。

What do you do with the love granted to you each day? How many times do we deny its expression for others because we fear what our own expressions will bring? Are we not denying our creator every time we deny the expression of love?

你是怎样对待每天给予你的爱的呢?有多少次由于害怕被拒绝,我们未能向他人表达爱意?在每次拒绝爱的表白之时,难道我们不是拒绝造物主的恩赐吗?

Lost, empty, alone and searching. As individuals who have experienced separation or divorce, or even the loss of a loved one to death, the separation can be the most traumatic experience we live through. The heart-wrenching pain that seems to never really go away, the enormous waves that hit us daily, the times we hit the wall right after a strong and uplifting experience reminds us that we are learning. We are learning about strength, passion for our own life, about our own sincerity in our beliefs, about our loyalty to which we are, and certainly about our own genuineness. We search for that day when love will come again. We search everywhere, every day, almost every hour.

迷茫、空虚、孤独、寻觅。对于那些经历过分别、离异,甚至失去过爱人的人来说,这样的离别乃是生命中最大的伤痕。揪心的伤痛永无此境;生活中的挫折和磨难无时无刻不在提醒我们:我们正处于认知的过程中。我们正在认识自己生命的力量和激情,认识对信仰的虔诚,认识对自的忠贞,认识自己的本性。我们期待真爱重回的那一天,我们每时每刻都在每个角落寻觅。

It has been said for centuries that “love is where the eyes meet with passion, for the eyes cannot hide what the heart feels.”So we have learned to look outward for this eternal love that will fulfill us, forgetting that it must first fill our own hearts. Perhaps that is why we fall into such pain and agony and sorrow when a love affair fails. It is at that moment that we realize we did not fail the other person we expressed love to , but we have somehow not fulfilled ourselves once again. We combat failure with a misunderstood unfulfilled promise. We lade it, not knowing if we will ever find it again. The emotion tides life and fall ,crash and settle, then lift again.

几个世纪以来,我们一直说:“爱就是充满激情的目光相遇,因为眼睛掩饰不住内心的真实感受”。因此,我们都学会了向外看,去寻找那份永恒的能使自己充实起来的爱,却忽略了它首先应占据我们自己心灵的领地。或许,这就是当一段恋情受挫时,我们会如此地痛苦和悲伤的原因所在。此时,我们才意识到,我们并未负于曾向我们示爱的那个人,只是我们认为它没能让我们充实、完整。我们用误解且无法兑现的承诺来抑制失败。我们失去了爱,不知是否能再次找回它。感情的潮水起伏不定,时而汹涌,时而平和,继而会再次澎湃。

No one else, no matter how much we talk or cry, can pull us through the anxious hours of soul repair and growth. It is our own fire within that needs rekindling, guarding against the winds that would blow it out and leave us dark, cold and helpless. It is at this time that we find the lobe that binds us together with every other being that surrounds us on the planet. Eventually we find the sun still rises to meet in the morning and the stars continue to show us the way each night. The rivers still flow downstream into oceans that will never turn them away. The trees still reach upward every day praising the God that made them. We stand up straight and take a lesson from it all.

无论我们说了多少话,流了多少泪,无人能帮助我们过心灵修复的阴霾与成长过程中的绵绵阴雨。我们的心灵为火需要再燃,需要呵护,不致让风将其吹灭,不致让自己被黑暗、阴冷和无助所包围。此时,我们便找到把我们与周围的每一个生命维系在一起的那份爱。我们终会发现,太阳依然长期升起,来迎接黎明的到来;星光依然闪烁,来指引我们夜行的方向;江河依然流向下游,归入广纳百川的大海;树木依然日日向上生长,歌颂赋予其生命的上苍。我们挺直身躯,从这一切中汲取教训。

What if you woke up one morning and realized that you were the only person left on the face of the earth? Who would you love? Why do we wait so long to start the journey that begins in the same place that it ends?Love, in all its endlessness, unboundedness and failed definitions is this experience.

如果某天早上,当你醒来,发觉这个世界只剩下你一人,你当如何应对?你去爱谁?我们为何要等如此长的时间,才在终点重新形开始新的旅程?这是一次无边无尽、无从定义的爱之旅。

Love does t ask why. It doesn’t come. It doesn’t go. It just is. It is not only in our hands, it is our hands. It isn’t only in our heart, it is what makes our heart beat every beat. It wraps itself around us so securely that all we need to do to survive against all odds is to recognize it as the very breath we just drew, and the last breath we just let go.

爱不问理由。它不会走近你,也不会远离你。爱始终存在着。它就是我们的手中,在我们的心里,确切地说就是我们的双手,就是我们每一次心跳的动力。爱将我们安全地包围着,我们把它当成每一次真切的呼吸,时刻与爱同在,是我们克服一切困难有秘诀。

Catch the star that holds your destiny抓住命运的启明星

Catch the star that holds your destiny, the one that forever twinkles within your heart. Take advantage of precious opportunities while they still sparkle before you. Always believe that your ultimate goal is attainable as long as you commit yourself to it.

当生命中的那颗星在你内心闪耀的时候,要学会把握它,永远相信只要自己持之以恒,就一定能够实现自己心中的梦想。

Though barriers may sometimes stand in the way of your dreams, remember that your destiny is hiding behind them. Accept the fact that not everyone is going to approve of the choices you've made. Have faith in your judgment. Catch the star that twinkles in your heart and it will lead you to your destiny's path. Follow that pathway and uncover the sweet sunrises that await you.

尽管通往梦想的道路上总有坎坷,你需要记住的是,你的命运就隐藏在那困难背后。学会接受这样的事实:不是每一个人都赞同你的选择。你要坚定自己的判断走下去。捕捉住那颗在你内心闪耀的星吧,它将引领你抵达自己的命运之路。沿那条路走下去,你就会发现那属于自己的美丽日出。

Take pride in your accomplishments, as they are stepping stones to your dreams. Understand that you may make mistakes, but don't let them discourage you. Value your capabilities and talents for they are what make you truly unique. The greatest gifts in life are not purchased, but acquired through hard work and determination. Find the star that twinkles in your heart? For you alone are capable of making your brightest dreams come true. Give your hopes everything you've got and you will catch the star that holds your destiny.

Cherish every moment珍惜每一刻

My brother-in-law opened the bottom drawer of my sister's bureau and lifted out a tissue-wrapped package. "This," he said, "is not a slip(纸片). This is lingerie(女士内衣).”He discarded the tissue and handed me the slip. It was exquisite(精致的); silk, handmade and trimmed with a cobweb(蜘蛛网,蛛丝)of lace(花边). The price tag with an astronomical figure on it was still attached. "Jan bought this the first time we went to New York, at least 8 or 9 years ago. She never wore it. She was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is the occasion." He took the slip from me and put it on the bed with the other clothes we were taking to the mortician(殡葬员). His hands lingered on the soft material for a moment, and then he slammed the drawer shut and turned to me. "Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Every day you're alive is a special occasion."

我的妹夫打开我妹妹书桌最底下的抽屉,拿出一个裹着纸片的小包。“这个,”他说,“不是一张纸片,而是一件女士内衣,”“他弄掉纸片,把它递给我。这是件精致的女士内衣,它是用手工缝制的丝制品,齐整的镶着蛛网似的花边。衣服上甚至还钉着数额惊人的价格标签。”“这是我和简第一次去纽约的时候买的,至少是八九年以前了,她从来没有穿过,她一直在等一个特殊的场合。我想,现在该是时候了。”“他从我手上拿过内衣,把它和其他一些衣服一起摆到床上,我们要把它们带到殡仪馆。他的手在那柔软的面料上摩擦了一会儿,然后砰的关上抽屉,转过来对我说。“千万别珍藏什么东西去等一个合适的机会,你活着的每一天都是一个机会。”

I remembered those words through the funeral and the days that followed when I helped him and my niece attend to all the sad chores (琐事)that follow an unexpected death. I thought about them on the plane returning to California from the Midwestern town where my sister's family lives. I thought about all the things that she hadn't seen or heard or done. I thought about the things that she had done without realizing that they were special.

我牢记着这些话,帮着他和我的侄女处理这起因以外事故丧生后的葬礼和各种悲伤琐事。在我从妹妹居住的这个中西部地区小镇飞往加利福尼亚的飞机上,,还在回想着这些话语。我想着那些她从来没有见过、听过、或者做过的事情,我想着那些她经理过却没有意识到其独特性的事情。

I'm still thinking about his words, and they've changed my life. I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting on the deck and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time in committee meetings. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experience to savor(使有风味,尽情享受), not endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.

现在我仍然还在思索他的话,他们甚至改变了我的一生。我阅读更多的东西,少了很多迷惑。我坐在草地上欣赏风景,不再去担心花园的杂草。我花更多的时间陪伴家人和朋友,不再一味的去参加无聊的会议。不论何时,生活应该是一种享受的过程,而不是忍受。我开始认识并珍视现在的每一时刻。

I'm not "saving" anything. we use our good china and crystal for every special event-such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, the first camellia (茶花)blossom. I wear my good blazer(颜色鲜明的运动夹克)to the market if I feel like it. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out(交付,支付)$28.49 for one small bag of groceries without wincing(畏缩). I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties; clerks in hardware stores and tellers in banks have noses that function as well as my party-going friends'.

我不再珍藏任何东西,我用上好的瓷器和水晶器,庆贺每一件事--比如减掉了一磅体重,打通了堵塞的下水道,开放了第一朵茶花。只要我喜欢,我会穿上我漂亮的夹克衫去逛超市。我的逻辑是:如果我看上去够有钱,我会毫不犹豫地花28.49美元去买一小带杂货。我不会珍藏我的名贵香水去等待一个特殊的晚会,商店职员和银行出纳员的鼻子跟我舞友的鼻子有着同样的功能。

"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it's worth seeing, hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now. I'm not sure what my sister would have done, had she known that she wouldn't be here for the tomorrow we all take for granted. I think she would have called family members and a few close friends. She might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think she would have gone out for a Chinese dinner, her favorite food. I'm guessing--I'll never know.

“总有一天”和“某一天”对我已失去了意义。如果某件事值得去看,去听、去做、我会立刻去实行。我不知道,如果我妹妹知道她不再拥有我们都认为理所当然会到来的明天时,她会怎么做。我想她会给家人和一些亲密的朋友打电话。她会打电话给以前的一些朋友,为曾经发生过的争论道歉或弥补关系。我想她会出去,到一见中餐厅,吃她最喜爱的食物。我只是采写--永远都不会知道了。

It's those little things left undone that would make me angry, if I knew that my hours were limited. Angry because I put off seeing good friends whom I was going to get in touch with”someday.”Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write--one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and daughter often enough how much I truly love them.

如果时间紧迫,而我还有一些事情没有做完,我会愤怒不已。我会为不得不把准备去拜访的朋友推延到“某一天”而恼火,为曾设想着“总会有一天”会写下来的词句,而没有写下来而生气,为没有尽可能多的告诉我的丈夫和女儿我是多么爱他们而后悔和遗憾。

I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives.

我尽最大的努力避免推迟,延误,或保留那些能给我们的生活增添欢乐和色彩的东西。

And every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly is ... a gift from God.

每天早上,我睁开眼睛,告诉自己这是特殊的一天。每一天,每一分钟,每一次呼吸.....都是上帝对我们的恩赐

为自己的成绩自豪,因为它们是你通往梦想的阶梯。要知道你自己也会犯错误,但是可别因此而气馁。正确评价自己的能力,是它们令你与众不同。生活里最丰厚的礼物不是买来的,而是通过艰苦的努力和决心获得。找到在你内心闪耀的那颗星吧??虽然你独自一人,但也有能力实现你最辉煌的梦想。对即得的怀抱希望并抓住那颗掌控你命运的星吧

We are on journey 我们在旅途中

Wherever you are, and whoever you may be, there is one thing in which you and I are just alike at this moment, and in all the moments of our existence. We are not at rest, we are on a journey. Our life is a movement, a tendency, a steady, ceaseless progress towards an unseen goal.

不论你处在什么地方,也不论你是什么人,不管是在此时此刻,还是在我们生命中的任何一个瞬间,有一件事对你我来说是恰巧相同的,我们不是在休息,我们是在一次旅途中,我们的生活是一种运动,一种趋势,是向一个看不见的目标稳定而不停地进步。

We are gaining something, or losing something, or losing something, every day. Even when our position and our character seem to remain precisely the same, they are changing. For the mere advance of time is a change. It is not the same thing to have a bare field in January and in July. The season makes the difference. The limitations that are childlike in the child are childish in the man.

每一天,我们都会赢得某些东西,或者会失去某些东西。 甚至当我们的位置和我们的性格看起来跟以前完全相似时,它们事实上仍然在变化着。因为仅仅是时间的前进就是一种变化。对于一块荒地来说,在1月和7月是不同的,季节会制造差异。能力上的缺陷对于孩子来说是一种可爱的品质,但对于大人来说就是一种幼稚的表现。

Everything that we do is a step in one direction or another. Even the failure to do something is in itself a deed. it sets us forward or backward. The action of the negative pole of a magnetic needle is just as real as the action of the positive pole. To decline is to accept--the other alternative.

我们做的每一件事都是朝着一个或另一个方向前进一步。 甚至 没有做任何事情 这件事本身也是一种行为,它让我们前进或后退,一根刺针阴极的作用和阳极的作用都是一样真实的,拒绝也是一种接受--这些都是二中择一的选择。

Are you nearer to your port today than you were yesterday? yes, you must be a little nearer to some port or other for since your ship was first launched upon the sea of life, you have never been still for a single moment, the sea is too deep, you could not find an anchorage if you would, there can be no pause until you come into port.

你今天比昨天更接近你的港口了吗?是的--你必须接近某一个港口或者其他港口。自从你第一次被抛人生活之海,你的船连一分钟都没有静止过,海是如此之深,你也不可能找到一个抛锚的地方,于是你不可能停下来,知道你到达自己的港口。

Love is just a thread爱如丝线

Sometimes I really doubt whether there is love between my parents. Every day they are very busy trying to earn money in order to pay the high tuition for my brother and me. They don’t act in the romantic ways that I read in books or I see on TV. In their opinion,“I love you”is too luxurious for them to say. Sending flowers to each other on Valentine’s Day is even more out of the question. Finally my father has a bad temper. When he’s very tired from the hard work, it is easy for him to lose his temper.

有时候,我真的怀疑父母之间是否有真爱。他们天天忙于赚钱,为我和弟弟支付学费。他们从未像我在书中读到,或在电视中看到的那样互诉衷肠。他们认为”我爱你”太奢侈,很难说出口。更不用说在情人节送花这样的事了。我父亲的脾气非常坏。经过一天的劳累之后,他经常会发脾气。

One day, my mother was sewing a quilt. I silently sat down beside her and looked at her.

一天,母亲正在缝被子,我静静地坐在她旁边看着她。

“Mom, I have a question to ask you,”I said after a while.

过了一会,我说:”妈妈,我想问你一个问题。”

“What?”she replied, still doing her work.

“什么问题?”她一边继续缝着,一边回答道。

“Is there love between you and Dad?”I asked her in a very low voice.

我低声地问道:”你和爸爸之间有没有爱情啊?”

My mother stopped her work and raised her head with surprise in her eyes. She didn’t answer immediately. Then she bowed her head and continued to sew the quilt.

母亲突然停下了手中的活,满眼诧异地抬起头。她没有立即作答。然后低下头,继续缝被子。

I was very worried because I thought I had hurt her. I was in a great embarrassment and I didn’t know what I should do. But at last I heard my mother say the following words:

我担心伤害了她。我非常尴尬,不知道该怎么办。不过,后来我听见母亲说:

“Susan,”she said thoughtfully,“Look at this thread.Sometimes it appears, but most of it disappears in the quilt. The thread really makes the quilt strong and durable. If life is a quilt, then love should be a thread. It can hardly be seen anywhere or anytime, but it’s really there. Love is inside.”

“苏珊,看看这些线。有时候,你能看得见,但是大多数都隐藏在被子里。这些线使被子坚固耐用。如果生活就像一床被子,那么爱就是其中的线。你不可能随时随地看到它,但是它却实实在在地存在着。爱是内在的

I listened carefully but I couldn’t understand her until the next spring. At that time, my father suddenly got sick seriously. My mother had to stay with him in the hospital for a month. When they returned from the hospital, they both looked very pale. It seemed both of them had had a serious illness.

我仔细地听着,却无法明白她的话,直到来年的春天。那时候,我父亲得了重病。母亲在医院里待了一个月。当他们从医院回来的时候,都显得非常苍白。就像他们都得了一场重病一样。

After they were back, every day in the morning and dusk, my mother helped my father walk slowly on the country road. My father had never been so gentle. It seemed they were the most harmonious couple. Along the country road, there were many beautiful flowers, green grass and trees. The sun gently glistened through the leaves. All of these made up the most beautiful picture in the world.

他们回来之后,每天的清晨或黄昏,母亲都会搀扶着父亲在乡村的小路上漫步。父亲从未如此温和过。他们就像是天作之合。在小路旁边,有许多美丽的野花、绿草和树木。阳光穿过树叶的缝隙,温柔地照射在地面上。这一切形成了一幅世间最美好的画面。

The doctor had said my father would recover in two months. But after two months he still couldn’t walk by himself. All of us were worried about him.

医生说父亲将在两个月后康复。但是两个月之后,他仍然无法独立行走。我们都很为他担心。

“Dad, how are you feeling now?”I asked him one day.

有一天,我问他:“爸爸,你感觉怎么样?”

“Susan, don’t worry about me.”he said gently.“To tell you the truth, I just like walking with your mom. I like this kind of life.”Reading his eyes, I know he loves my mother deeply.

他温和地说:“苏珊,不用为我担心。跟你说吧,我喜欢与你妈妈一块散步的感觉。我喜欢这种生活。”从他的眼神里,我看得出他对母亲的爱之深刻。

Once I thought love meant flowers, gifts and sweet kisses. But from this experience, I understand that love is just a thread in the quilt of our life. Love is inside, making life strong and warm..

我曾经认为爱情就是鲜花、礼物和甜蜜的亲吻。但是从那一刻起,我明白了,爱情就像是生活中被子里的一根线。爱情就在里面,使生活变得坚固而温暖。

. Four wives in our lives生命中的四位爱人

In former days, there was a wealthy merchant, who owned billion acres of fertile land, a considerable sum of property, and multiple compounds (estates). He was the acknowledged leader at home and had four wives.

从前,有一位富有的商人,家有良田万顷,大量财富和多处庄园。在家里,他说一不二。他有四位爱人。

He had the greatest affection on the fourth wife, who enjoyed the beautiful brows and face---a fairy in his eyes. To amuse her, the merchant gave her a life of luxury, bought her fashionable blouses and boots, and took her out to dine on delicious food. Each of their marriage anniversary, he would celebrate.

他最钟爱他最小的妻子,她有着姣好的面容,在他眼里简直就是个仙女。为了讨好她,商人给她最奢华的生活,给她买时髦的衣裳,吃美味的佳肴。他们的每个结婚纪念日都要庆祝。

He was also fond of his third wife very much. She was amateur poet with great literacy and dignity. To approve of her, he gave her prevailing poetry as a present, visited the museum with her to see the antiques and went to the concert to enjoy the music of great musicians and pianists. He was very proud of her and introduced her and showed her to his friends. Nevertheless, he was always in great fear that she might go elsewhere with some other guys.

商人也很爱第三们妻子。她是一位业余诗人。她喜欢风雅,知书达理,端庄典雅。为了满足她的个人爱好,商人送她流行诗集,陪她参观博物馆的古董,听著名音乐爱的音乐会。他为她感到骄傲,把她介绍给朋友们,并常把好作为在朋友面前炫耀的资本。但他同时也忧心忡忡,怕她跟其他男人跑了。

His second spouse too, won his preference. As a cashier, she was keen and capable and energetic in commercial issues. Wherever he faced critical problems, he always turned to his second wife. And she’d always attempted to help him cope with the problems such as ash collection or conflicts with clients. Hence, to thank his second wife, he went to excursion with her for entertainment every several years.

当然,商人也爱第二位妻子。她是个管账的。生意上的事,她既热心又能干。每每遇到棘手的问题,他就会向她求助,而她也总能尽力帮他解决诸如筹钱,或与顾客之间的争执等事情。因此,作为答谢,商人每隔几年都会跟她出去游玩消遣。

His first wife was a very conservative and faithful partner. She was a woman of goodness and honesty. As a housewife, she made a great contribution to nourishing children and caring husband and doing homework. Accidentally, she appeared to be little clumsy and ignorant. Although the merchant had prejudice towards her, she maintained her patience to wait for him to come back to her. She was a woman of great breadth of mind.

商人的第一个妻子是一个保守的人,也是一位忠诚的伴侣。她善良诚实。作为一个家庭主妇,她照顾丈夫,养育儿女,做家务活。偶尔,她略有些笨拙和木讷。尽管商人对她有成见,她也不恼,很有耐心地等丈夫回心转意。看来,她是一个胸怀宽广的女子。

After many years, the merchant felt deadly ill of abusing alcohol. He knew it couldn’t’t cure. He was pale and stiff. When he reelected on his life-time, he couldn’t‘t help yelling,“Now, I have four wives . But when I die I’ll be solitary. How lonely I will be!”

几年以后,商人因酗酒病重,他自知无法治愈,将不久于人世。他脸色苍白,身体僵硬。当他回顾自己的一生,不禁叫道:“现在我虽然有四个妻子相伴,但死后却要孤零零一人。多寂寞啊!”

Suffering from the sting of the body, he asked the fourth wife, “I have attached to you the most affection, and bought pretty clothes to you and spent every festival with you. Now I am dying, will you follow me?” “Pardon? I am not a self- sacrificing saint. No way!” The fourth wife who was sipping tea idly in her fur coat, defied him The answer made the merchant fiercely disappointed on her conscience.

忍着剧痛,他问小老婆:“我最疼你,给你买最漂亮的衣服,每个节日都陪你过。现在我就要离开这个世界了,你愿意陪我而去吗?”“什么?我又不是圣人!绝对不可能!”此刻,她正身穿裘皮大衣,悠闲地喝着茶。商人对小老婆的回答非常地失望。

Then he asked the third wife, “Do you remember our romantic experience? Now that I am dying, will you follow me?”the third wife glimpsed against him,“No”she denied.“I couldn’t’t bear the tedious life in hell. I deserve a better life. Consequently, it is of necessity that I marry other guys afterwards.”Then she was calculating the route of other millionaire’s home.

伤心的商人继而问第三个妻子:“你记得我们的浪漫经历吗?如今,我将不久于人世,你愿意陪我而去吗?”“不!”她拒绝道,“我无法忍受乏味的生活,我有权享受好的生活。因此,不久以后我会改嫁他人。”此刻,她正考虑着去其他富翁家的路线呢。

The answer also hurt the merchant, and then he resorted to his second life. “You’ve always facilitated me out. Now I barely beg you once more. When I die, will you follow me?” “I am sorry”she frowned, claiming,“I can only attend your funeral ceremony”the answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant felt like being discarded. Then she was modifying the items of business contract.

第三位妻子的回答也伤害了他,他再转向第二位妻子,问道:“你过去常常为我排忧解难。现在我想再请你帮一次忙。我死后,你愿意随我而去?”她皱了皱眉说道,“我只能参加你的葬礼仪式。”这句话犹如晴天霹雳,商人彻底觉得被抛弃了。此刻,她正在修改一个商业合同的条款。

Then voice wept: “we are bound couple. I will go alongside wherever you go”the merchant awoke, stoking his wife’s coarse palm. She was so lean. Thinking of her fatigue year after year, he was greatly touched and said miserably.“I should have treasured you before!”she was doing the laundry for rim,

这是时,一个声音哭泣道:“我愿意随你一同离去。无论你到哪里,我都跟着你。”商人猛然惊醒,抚摸着大老婆粗糙的手掌。她是那么消瘦,又想到她年复一年,日夜操劳,一时心痛不已。商人悲痛地说:“我以前应该好好地珍惜你啊!此刻,大老婆正在为他洗衣服。

Virtually, we all respectively have four wives in our lives. The fourth tender wife represents our body. Despite the fact we spend time making it look good, it will distract from us when we die. Our third wife is our possessions, remarkable fame or noble status. When we die, they all go to eternal collapse. The second wife is out family, friends, college and acquaintance. Regardless how code we have relied on them, when we are alive, what can do for us is coming to the funeral at the almost. The first wife in fact is our holy soul, which is often neglected in our pursuit of material and welt. It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. We should cultivate it now, otherwise, we will possibly feel regret in the end.

其实,我们每个人的一生都有四位妻子相伴。最小的娇弱的妻子代表我们的躯体。即使我们花时间去装扮她,我们死后它终会弃我们而去。第三位妻子代表我们的财产、显赫的名声或尊贵的地位。一旦我们撒手西去,它终究会烟消云散。第二位妻子代表我们的家人、朋友、同事或熟人。我们活着的时候,无论多么亲近,他们最多也只能到幕前送我们最后一程。第一位妻子则是我们的圣洁的灵魂。当我们沉迷于追求物质、金钱或感官享受的时候,她常常会被遗忘在一旁。实际上,她才是唯一与我们永远相伴的。我们就应该从现在开始悉心照顾好她,而不是等到临终之际才悔恨不已。

Do something for yourself做你自己

As a little boy, there was nothing I liked better than Sunday after moons at my grandfather's farm in western Pennsylvania. Surrounded by miles of winding stonewalls, the house and barn provided endless hours of fun for a city kid like me. I was used to parlors neat as a pin that seemed to whisper, "Not to be touched!"

我小时候最喜欢在爷爷的农场里度过每个星期天的下午。爷爷的农场在宾夕法尼亚州西部。农场四周都围上了绵延几英里的石墙。房子和谷仓给我这个城市男孩带来了无穷的快乐时光。我习惯了城里整洁的客厅,似乎在低声说:“不要摸!”。

I can still remember one afternoon when I was eight years old. Since my first visit to the farm, I'd wanted more than anything to be allowed to climb the stone walls surrounding the property. My parents would never approve. The walls were old; some stones were missing, others loose and crumbling. Still, my yearning to scramble across those walls grew so strong. One spring afternoon, I summoned all my courage and entered the living room, where the adults had gathered after dinner.

我仍能记得我8岁那年一天下午的情景。因为我第一次去农场,所以我很想上那农场四周的那些石墙。可我的父母是绝不会同意的。这些墙年深日 ,有的石头不见了,有的石头松动倒塌了。然而,我渴望这些墙的欲望非常强烈。一个春天的下午,我鼓足勇气,走进客厅,大人们午饭后都聚在这里。

"I, uh, I want to climb the stonewalls," I said hesitantly. Everyone looked up. "Can I climb the stonewalls?" Instantly a chorus went up from the women in the room. "Heavens, no!" they cried in dismay. "You'll hurt yourself!" I wasn't too disappointed; the response was just as I'd expected. But before I could leave the room, I was stopped by my grandfather’s booming voice. "Hold on just a minute," I heard him say, "Let the boy climb the stonewalls. He has to learn to do things for himself."

“我,呃,我想爬那石墙,”我犹豫地说道。大家都抬起头。“我能去爬那些石墙吗?”屋里的女人们马上齐声叫了起来。“天哪,不能!”她们惊慌地叫首,“你会伤着自己的!”我并没有太失望,我早就预料会是这样的回答。但还没等我离开客厅,爷爷低沉的声音拦住了我。“等一会儿,”我听到他说“让孩子爬那些石墙吧。他必须学会自己做一些事。”

"Scoot," he said to me with a wink, "and come and see me when you get back." For the next two and a half hours I climbed those old walls and had the time of my life. Later I met with my grandfather to tell him about my adventure. I'll never forget what he said. "Fred," he said, grinning, "you made this day a special day just by being yourself. Always remember, there's only one person in this whole world like you, and I like you exactly as you are."

“快走吧,”他对我眨眨眼说。“你回来后找我。”接下来的两个半小时,我爬上了这些古老的石墙,别提有多肝硬变。后来,我把自己冒险经历告诉了爷爷。我永远也不会忘记他说过的话。“弗雷德,”他咧着嘴笑道。“你做了一回自己,你让这个日子因此而变得不同凡响。永远记住,整个世界只有一个你,而且我喜欢真实的你。”

Many years have passed since then, and today I host the television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, seen by millions of children throughout America. There have been changes over the years, but one thing remains the same: my message to children at the end of almost every visit, "There's only one person in this whole world like you, and people can like you exactly as you are."

许多年过去了,现在我主持的电视节目《罗杰斯先生的街坊四邻》,全美国几百万儿童都会收看。几年过后,节目已经发生了一些变化,但有一点没变:几乎每期节日后我都会传递给孩子这样一个信息,“这个世界上只有一个你,人们都喜欢真实的你。

Be grateful to life感恩生活

Once President Roosevelt’s house was broken into and lots of things were stolen. Hearing this, one of Roosevelt’s friends wrote to him and advised him not to take it to his heart so much.

美国总统罗斯福的家曾经失窃,财物损失严重。朋友闻此消息,就写信来安慰他,劝他不必把这件事放在心上。

President Roosevelt wrote back immediately, saying,”Dear friend, thank you for your letter to comfort me. I’m all right now. I think I should thank God. This is because of the following three reasons: firstly, the thief only stole things from me but did not hurt me at all; secondly, the thief has stolen some of my things instead of all my things; thirdly, most luckily for me, it was the man rather than me who became a thief…”

罗斯福总统很快回信说:“亲爱的朋友,谢谢你来信安慰我,我一切都很好。我想我应该感谢上帝,因为:第一,我损失的只是财物,而人却毫发未损;第二,我只损失了部分财物,而非所有财产;第三,最幸运的是,做小偷的是那个人,而不是我……”

It was quite unlucky for anyone to be stolen from.. However, President Roosevelt had such three reasons to be so grateful. This story tells us how we can learn to be grateful in our life.

对任何人来说,家中失窃绝非幸事。但是,罗斯福总统却能找到三个感恩的理由。这个故事告诉我们,生活中,我们应该学会感恩。

Being grateful is an important philosophy of life and a Great wisdom. . It is impossible for anyone to be lucky and successful all the time so long as he lives in the world. Smile and so will it when you cry to it. ”If you are grateful to life, it will bring you shining sunlight.

感恩是一项重要的处世哲学,是生活的大智慧。人生在世,不可能事事顺通。对于各种失败和不幸,我们要豁达大度,勇敢地面对,并想办法解决。

We should learn how to face failure or misfortune bravely and generously and to try to deal with it. If so, should we complain about our life and become frustrated and disappointed ever since then or should we be grateful for our life, rise again ourselves after a fall? William Thackeray, a famous British writer, said, “Life is a mirror. When you smile in front of it , it will also

面对困难,我们是懊恼抱怨、沮丧气馁,陷入绝望,还是对生活满怀感恩之心,跌倒后再爬起来呢?英国著名作家威廉·萨克雷说过,“生活是一面镜子,你对它笑,它也会对你笑;你对他哭,它也会对你哭。”

If you always complain about everything, you may own nothing in the end. When we are successful, we can surely have many reasons for being grateful, but we have only one excuse to show ungratefulness if we fail.

如果对生活感恩,你的生命将充满灿烂的阳光;如果一味怨恨,终将一无所获。我们成功时,有千万个理由感恩生活,而失败时,只要一个借口就会表现出忘恩负义。

I think we should even be grateful to life whenever we are unsuccessful or unlucky. Only by doing this can we find our weakness and shortcomings when we fail? We can also get relief and warmth when we are unlucky. This can help us find our courage to overcome the difficulties we may face, and receive great impetus to move on. We should treat our frustration and misfortune in our life in the other way just as President Roosevelt did. We should be grateful all the time and keep having a healthy attitude to our life forever keep having perfect characters and enterprising spirit. Being grateful is not only a kind of comfort, not an escape from life and nor thinking of winning in spirit like Ah Q. Being grateful is a way to sing for our life which comes just from our love and hope.

我想,不论是遭遇失败还是不幸,我们都应该感谢生活。只有这样,失败后,我们才能发现自己的缺点和不足,不幸时,我们还能感受到安慰和温暖。这些就能帮我们找回勇气,战胜困难,并获取前进的强大推动力。我们应像罗斯福总统那样,换一个角度去看待生活中的失败和挫折,永远对生活充满感恩,才能时刻保持健康的心态,积极地生活,并能保持完美的人格和不断进取的精神。感恩不仅仅是一种精神慰藉,也不是对现实的规避,更不是阿Q的精神胜利法。感恩源于我们对生活的热爱和希望,它是我们歌颂生活的一种方式。

When we put a small piece of alum into muddy water, we can see the alum can soon make the water clear. If each of us has an attitude of being grateful, we’ll be able to get rid of impulse, upset, dissatisfaction and misfortune. Being grateful can bring us a better and more beautiful life.

把一小块明矾放入混沌的水中,我们发现,水很快就澄清了。如果人人都有一颗感恩的心,就能沉淀许多的浮躁和不安,消融许多的不满和不幸。感恩能让我们的生活变得更加美好。

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