The first snow
The first snow came. How beautiful it was, falling so silently all day long, all night long, on the mountains, on the meadows, on the roofs of the living, on the graves of the dead!(
  1) All with(
  2) save(
  3) the river, that marked its course(
  4) by a winding black line across the landscape; and the leafless trees, that against the leaden sky(
  5) now revealed more fully the wonderful beauty and intricacies(
  6) of their branches. What silence, too, came with the snow, and what seclusion! Every sound was muffled(
  7), every noise changed to something soft and musical. No more tramping hoofs, no more rattling wheels! Only the chiming of sleigh-bells, beating as swift and merrily as the hearts of children(
  8). 初雪
初雪飘临。多么美啊!它整日整夜那么静静地飘着,落在山岭上,落 在草地上,落在世人的屋顶上,落在死才的坟墓上!在一片白茫茫之 中,只有河流在美丽的画面上划出一道曲曲弯弯的黑线;还有那叶儿 落净的树木, 映衬着铅灰色的天空, 此刻更显得枝丫交错, 姿态万千。 初雪飘落时,是何等的宁谧,何等的幽静!一切声响都趋沉寂,一切 噪音都化作柔和的音乐。 再也听不见马蹄得得, 再也听不见车轮辚辚! 唯有雪橇的铃铛,奏和谐的乐声,那明快欢乐的节拍犹如孩子们心房 的搏动。
  1) the living:活着的人;the dead:死去的人。形容词(有时是分词)前 面加上定冠词 the 表示具有某一特性的一类人。 (
  2) all white=All was white, 省略句 (
  3) save:除……以外,介词 (
  4) marked its course:标示出它所经过的路线 (
  5) against the leaden sky:在铅灰色天空的衬托下。 (
  6) intricacies:这里指树枝的缠结交错。 (
  7) was muffled: (声音)被压抑而变得低沉 (
  8) beating…as the hearts of children=beating…as the hearts of children beat,默这个被省略的 beat 确作" (心脏的) 搏动"解, 前面那个 beating 别指铃儿的碰击。
The Wholeness of Life 完美的人生 Once a circle missed a wedge. The circle wanted to be whole, so it went around looking for its missing piece. But because it was incomplete and therefore could roll only very slowly, it admired the flowers along the way. It chatted with worms. It enjoyed the sunshine. It found lots of different pieces, but none of them fit. So it left them all by the side of the road and kept on searching. Then one day the circle found a piece that fit perfectly. It was so happy. Now it could be whole, with nothing missing.
It incorporated the missing piece into itself and began to roll. Now that it was a perfect circle, it could roll very fast, too fast to notice flowers or talk to the worms. When it realized how different the world seemed when it rolled so quickly, it stopped, left its found piece by the side of the road and rolled slowly away.
There is a wholeness about the person who has come to terms with his limitations, who has been brave enough to let go of his unrealistic dreams and not feel like a failure for doing so. There is a wholeness about the man or woman who has learned that he or she is strong enough to go through a tragedy and survive, she can lose someone and still feel like a complete person. 人生的完整
从前有个圆圈,它丢失了一小段。它想变得完整,于是它到处寻找它 所丢失的那部分。由于不完整,它只能滚的非常慢。在路上,它羡慕 过花儿,它与虫子聊过天,它享受了阳光的照耀。它遇到过很多不同 的小段,可是没有一个适合它。所以它把它们丢在路边,继续寻找。 有一天,圆圈找到了可以与它完美结合的一小段,它非常高兴。它现 在终于完整了,不缺任何东西了。它把丢失的那段装到自己身上,然 后滚了起来。它现在是个完整的圆圈了,它可以滚的很快, ,快到忽 视了花儿, 快到没有时间和虫子们说话。 当它意识到由于它滚的太快,
世界变得如此的不同时, 它便停了下来, 把找到的那段卸下丢在路边, 慢慢地滚走了。
人生的完整性,在于接受自己的缺陷,勇敢地丢弃不切实际的幻想, 并且不觉得这样做是失败的; 人生的完整性, 在于知道自己足够强大, 可以承受人生的苦难,可以在失去一个人时仍然觉得自己是完整的。 Be the Best of Whatever You Are 做最好的自己 引言:
Be the best of whatever you are
??Douglas Malloch
If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill, Be a scrub in the valleybut be The best little scrub by the side of the rill Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a bush be a bit of grass?? And some highway happier make. If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass??
But the liveliest bass in the lake! We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew, There's something for all of us here, There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do, And the task you must do is the near. If you can't be a highway then just be a trail, If you can't be the sun be a star; It isn't by size that you win or you fail?? Be the best of whatever you are 做最好的自己 如果你当不成山巅的一棵劲松, 就做山谷里的小树吧但务必 做溪流边最棒的一棵小树; 当不了树就做一丛灌木, 当不成灌木还可以做小草??但务必 做路边最快乐的一株小草。 如果你不是大梭鱼就做一尾鲈鱼吧, 但要做湖里最活泼的小鲈鱼! 我们不能都做船长,必须有人当船员, 可每个人都有自己的事儿, 有的事情大,有的事情小,
而你要完成的任务就近在咫尺。 如果你不能做大道就做一条小径, 若是不能做太阳就做星星; 决定成败的不是你的大小?? 只要你做最好的自己!
Three Days to See 假如给我三天光明 编者按: 有时我想,把每天都当作生命中的最后一天来边,也不失为一个极好 的生活法则。这种态度会使人格外重视生命的价值。我们每天都应该 以优雅的姿态,充沛的精力,抱着感恩之心来生活。
Three Days to See(Excerpts)假如给我三天光明(节选)
All of us have read thrilling stories in which the hero had only a limited and specified time to live. Sometimes it was as long as a year, sometimes as short as 24 hours. But always we were interested in discovering just how the doomed hero chose to spend his last days or his last hours. I
speak, of course, of free men who have a choice, not condemned criminals whose sphere of activities is strictly delimited.
Such stories set us thinking, wondering what we should do under similar circumstances. What events, what experiences, what associations should we crowd into those last hours as mortal beings? What happiness should we find in reviewing the past, what regrets?
Sometimes I have thought it would be an excellent rule to live each day as if we should die tomorrow. Such an attitude would emphasize sharply the values of life. We should live each day with gentleness, vigor and a keenness of appreciation which are often lost when time stretches before us in the constant panorama of more days and months and years to come. There are those, of course, who would adopt the Epicurean motto of “Eat, drink, and be merry”. But most people would be chastened by the certainty of impending death.
In stories the doomed hero is usually saved at the last minute by some stroke of fortune, but almost always his sense of values is changed. He becomes more appreciative of the meaning of life and its permanent spiritual values. It has often been noted that those who live, or have lived, in the shadow of death bring a mellow sweetness to everything they do.
Most of us, however, take life for granted. We know that one day we must die, but usually we picture that day as far in the future. When we are in buoyant health, death is all but unimaginable. We seldom think of it. The days stretch out in an endless vista. So we go about our petty tasks, hardly aware of our listless attitude toward life.
The same lethargy, I am afraid, characterizes the use of all our faculties and senses. Only the deaf appreciate hearing, only the blind realize the manifold blessings that lie in sight. Particularly does this observation apply to those who have lost sight and hearing in adult life. But those who have never suffered impairment of sight or hearing seldom make the fullest use of these blessed faculties. Their eyes and ears take in all sights and sounds hazily, without concentration and with little appreciation. It is the same old story of not being grateful for what we have until we lose it, of not being conscious of health until we are ill.
I have often thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during his early adult life. Darkness would make him more appreciative of sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound.
我们都读过震撼人心的故事, 故事中的主人公只能再活一段很有限的 时光,有时长达一年,有时却短至一日。但我们总是想要知道,注定 要离世人的会选择如何度过自己最后的时光。当然,我说的是那些有 选择权利的自由人,而不是那些活动范围受到严格限定的死囚。
这样的故事让我们思考,在类似的处境下,我们该做些什么?作为终 有一死的人,在临终前的几个小时内我们应该做什么事,经历些什么 或做哪些联想?回忆往昔, 什么使我们开心快乐?什么又使我们悔恨 不已?
有时我想,把每天都当作生命中的最后一天来边,也不失为一个极好 的生活法则。这种态度会使人格外重视生命的价值。我们每天都应该 以优雅的姿态,充沛的精力,抱着感恩之心来生活。但当时间以无休 止的日,月和年在我们面前流逝时,我们却常常没有了这种感觉。当 然,也有人奉行“吃,喝,享受”的享乐主义信条,但绝大多数人还 是会受到即将到来的死亡的惩罚。
在故事中,将死的主人公通常都在最后一刻因突降的幸运而获救,但 他的价值观通常都会改变, 他变得更加理解生命的意义及其永恒的精 神价值。我们常常注意到,那些生活在或曾经生活在死亡阴影下的人
然而,我们中的大多数人都把生命看成是理所当然的。我们知道有一 天我们必将面对死亡,但总认为那一天还在遥远的将来。当我们身强 体健之时,死亡简直不可想象,我们很少考虑到它。日子多得好像没 有尽头。因此我们一味忙于琐事,几乎意识不到我们对待生活的冷漠 态度。
我担心同样的冷漠也存在于我们对自己官能和意识的运用上。 只有聋 子才理解听力的重要,只有盲人才明白视觉的可贵,这尤其适用于那 些成年后才失去视力或听力之苦的人很少充分利用这些宝贵的能力。 他们的眼睛和耳朵模糊地感受着周围的景物与声音,心不在焉,也无 所感激。这正好我们只有在失去后才懂得珍惜一样,我们只有在生病 后才意识到健康的可贵。
我经常想,如果每个人在年轻的时候都有几天失时失聪,也不失为一 件幸事。黑暗将使他更加感激光明,寂静将告诉他声音的美妙。 “Packaging” A Person 人的包装 引言:
人该年轻时就年轻, 该年老时就年老, 这是与自然同步, 这就是和谐。 和谐就是美,反之就是丑。
A person, like a commodity, needs packaging. But going too far is absolutely undesirable.A young person, especially a female, radiant with beauty and full of life, has all the favor granted by God. Any attempt to make up would be self-defeating. Youth, however, comes and goes in a moment of doze. Packaging for the middle-aged is primarily to conceal the furrows ploughed by time. If you still enjoy life's exuberance enough to retain self-confidence and pursue pioneering work, you are unique in your natural qualities, and your charm and grace will remain. Elderly people are beautiful if their river of life has been, through plains, mountains and jungles, running its course as it should. You have really lived your life which now arrives at a complacent stage of serenity indifferent to fame or wealth. There is no need to resort to hair-dyeing-the snow-capped mountain is itself a beautiful scene of fairyland. Let your looks change from young to old synchronizing with the natural ageing process so as to keep in harmony with nature, for harmony itself is beauty, while the other way round will only end in unpleasantness. To be in the elder's company is like reading a thick book of deluxe edition that fascinates one so much as to be reluctant to part with.As long as one finds where one stands, one knows how to package oneself, just as a commodity establishes its brand by the right packaging. 人的包装
人如商品要包装,但切忌过分包装 青年有着充盈的生命的底气,她亮丽诱人,这是上帝赐予的神采,任 何涂抹都是多



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