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WEEK4 心靈成長

文/Nikki Lu 

 

這首小詩在社群媒體上瘋狂轉傳,似乎幫焦慮沉重的現代人找到一個小小的心情突破口。我們換一種方法讀它,唸出聲音,唸到最後一行,你嘴角會上揚。假如因為這兩首小詩轉念,就把它們傳給一個需要的朋友吧,請他也朗讀。

Today was the absolute worst day ever

今天是史上最糟糕的一天

And don't try to convince me that

別想說服我

There's something good in every day

每天都有好事發生

Because, when you take a closer look,

當你細看

This world is a pretty evil place.

世界可以很邪惡

Even if

儘管

Some goodness does (A) shine through once in a while

善意有時會展現

Satisfaction and happiness don't last.

幸福滿足不會長久

And it's not true that

也不是真的

It's all in the mind and heart

一切都在心中

Because

因為

True happiness can be attained

我們能獲得真正的幸福

Only if one's surroundings are good

除非一個人的環境夠好

It's not true that good exists

好人好事不存在

I'm sure you can agree that

相信你同意

Reality

現實

Creates

創造

My attitude

我的態度

It's all beyond my control

一切令我不知所措

And you'll never in a million years hear me say

就算再過一百萬年你也不會聽到我說

Today was a very good day

今天是很棒的一天

>>Now read from bottom to top 現在請從最後一句往回唸。

 

New York is 3 hours ahead of California,

紐約時間比加州時間早三小時,

but it does not make California slow.

但加州時間並沒有變慢。

Someone graduated at the age of 22,

有人22歲就畢業,

but waited 5 years before (B) securing a good job!

但等了五年才找到好的工作

Someone became a CEO at 25,

有人二十五歲當上CEO,

and died at 50.

五十歲就去世。

While another became a CEO at 50,

也有人直到50歲才當上CEO,

and lived to 90 years.

然後活到90歲。

Someone is still single,

有人還單身,

while someone else got married.

有人已經結婚。

Obama retired at 55,

歐巴馬55歲卸任,

but Trump started at 70.

而川普70歲就職。

Absolutely everyone in this world works based on their Time Zone.

世上每一個人都依著自己的時區發展。

People around you might seem to be ahead of you,

身邊有些人看似領先你,

others might seem to be behind you.

也有人看似走在你後頭。

But everyone is (C) running their own RACE, in their own TIME.

但其實每個人都按著自己的時 間,走自己的路。

Don't envy them or mock them.

不用嫉妒也不用嘲笑他們。

They are in their TIME ZONE, and you are in yours!

他們有自己的時區,你也是!

Life is about waiting for the right moment to act.

生命就是等待正確的行動時機。

So, RELAX.

所以,放輕鬆

You're not LATE.

你沒有落後

You're not EARLY.

你沒有領先

You are very much ON TIME, and in your TIME ZONE.

在你自己的時區裡,一切都準時

A. Shine through 表現出來

His musical talents shone through at an early age.

他的音樂天分很早就展現。

B. Secure something 使…穩固

He's doing everything to secure his place.

他竭盡所能穩固自己的地位。

C. Running one's own race 走自己的路

Don't live up to anyone's expectations. At the end of the day, you are running your own race.

不要為任何人的期望而活。到頭來,你必須走自己的路。


#secure #running #race #shine 

本文收錄於英語島English Island 2017年8月號 

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