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英文美文 第二次生命的启示

时间:2022-6-23 作者:速学网

第二次生命的启示

拉尔夫.里士满

Just ten years ago, I sat across the desk from a doctor with a stethoscope.

“Yes,” he said, “there is a lesion in the left, upper lobe. You have a

moderately advanced case…” I listened, stunned, as he continued, “You’ll have to

give up work at once and go to bed. Later on, we’ll see.” He gave no

assurances.

十年前的一天,我坐在一名手持听诊器的大夫对面。“你的左肺叶上部确实有一处坏损,而且病情正在恶化”——听到这里,我整个人一下懵了。“你需要停止工作卧床休息,有待察看。”大夫对我的病情也是不置可否。

Feeling like a man who in mid-career has suddenly been placed under sentence

of death with an indefinite reprieve, I left the doctor’s office, walked over to

the park, and sat down on a bench, perhaps, as I then told myself, for the last

time. I needed to think. In the next three days, I cleared up my affairs; then I

went home, got into bed, and set my watch to tick off not the minutes, but the

months. 2 years and many dashed hopes later, I left my bed and began the long

climb back. It was another year before I made it.

就如此,事业方面方兴未艾的我仿佛忽然让人判了死刑,却说不准何时执刑。我离开大夫的办公室,来到公园的长椅上坐下。这或许是最后一次来这儿了,我对自己说。我真得好好整理一下思绪。下面的三天我把手头的事务全部处置完毕。我回到家,躺到床上,然后把手表从显示分钟改为显示月份。两年半的时间过去了,在无数次的失望之后,我终于可以离开病床,艰难地向以前的生活状况回归。一年之后,我做到了。

I speak of this experience because these years that past so slowly taught me

what to value and what to believe. They said to me: Take time, before time takes

you. I realize now that this world I’m living in is not my oyster to be opened

but my opportunity to be grasped. Each day, to me, is a precious entity. The sun

comes up and presents me with 24 brand new, wonderful hours—not to pass, but to

fill.

我之所以谈起这段历程,是由于那段度日如年的岁月让我了解应该珍惜什么,信仰什么。那段岁月让我了解一个道理:牢牢抓住时间,而不是让时间将你套牢。目前我终于了解,我生活着的这个世界不是等待我去打开的一扇牡蛎,而是需要我去抓住的一个机会。每一天我都视若珍宝,每一轮太阳带给我的崭新的二十四小时都鲜活而精彩,我绝不可将其虚度。

I’ve learned to appreciate those little, all-important things I never thought

I had the time to notice before: the play of light on running water, the music

of the wind in my favorite pine tree. I seem now to see and hear and feel with

some of the recovered freshness of childhood. How well, for instance, I recall

the touch of the springy earth under my feet the day I first stepped upon it

after the years in bed. It was almost more than I could bear. It was like

regaining one’s citizenship in a world one had nearly lost.

以前,我终日忙碌,无暇顾及日常某些要紧的细节,诸如水波上的光影,松林间的风吟——目前,我终于掌握去赏析它们的美好。现在,我仿佛重返童年,又感觉自己所见所闻所感的所有都那样新鲜。当我卧床数年后重新将双脚踏在大地上的那一刻,脚下那久违了的松软土壤让我激动得情难自抑,仿佛重新拥有我差一点就失去的世界。

Frequently, I sit back and say to myself, Let me make note of this moment I’m

living right now, because in it I’m well, happy, hard at work doing what I like

best to do. It won’t always be like this, so while it is I’ll make the most of

it—and afterwards, I remember—and be grateful. All this, I owe to that long time

spent on the sidelines of life. Wiser people come to this awareness without

having to acquire it the hard way. But I wasn’t wise enough. I’m wiser now, a

little, and happier.

我目前时常舒舒服服地坐着,提醒自己要记住当下的每分每秒,由于目前的我健康、快乐,能努力做自己最爱做的工作。这所有这样美好,却终将消逝,在这样美好的生活消逝之前,我必须要倍加珍惜。在它逝去之后,我会记得过去拥有些美好,并心存感激。这所有改变都得益于我在生命边缘徘徊的那几年。智者不需要被逼到这样境地也能了解这类道理——可惜我以前太愚钝。目前的我比以前多了几分睿智,我也因此愈加快乐。

“Look thy last on all things lovely, every hour.” With these words, Walter de

la Mare sums up for me my philosophy and my belief. God made this world—in spite

of what man now and then tries to do to unmake it—a dwelling place of beauty and

wonder, and He filled it with more goodness than most of us suspect. And so I

say to myself, Should I not pretty often take time to absorb the beauty and the

wonder, to contribute a least a little to the goodness? And should I not then,

in my heart, give thanks? Truly, I do. This I believe.

英国诗人沃尔特.德拉.梅尔曾说过:“时刻记住,最后看一眼所有美好的事物!”这句诗正好概要了我的生活哲学与信仰。上帝创造的这个世界——这个人类时常试图毁灭的世界——是个漂亮奇妙的家园。这里充满了上帝所赐予的美好事物,超越大家大部分人的想象。我于是常常自问,难道自己不应该去细细品味这类漂亮与奇迹,尽绵薄之力去创造世间的美怎么样?难道我不应心存感激吗?我确实应该——这就是我的信仰。

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