知足常乐

What does good enough mean to you? Does it mean true contentment? Does it mean satisfying the dreams of your heart? Or does it mean plodding along?

对你们而言,足够好意味着什么呢? 是真正的满足?或是实现内心的梦想?又或许是拖着疲惫的身躯沉重地前进。

We are the creators of our own lives, whether we do so consciously or not. Many people go through lives with dreams, but with no honest ambition to see them come true, or with no real belief that attaining them is actually possible.

无论我们自觉意识到与否,我们是生活的创造者。许多人都怀揣着梦想,但却缺少实现它们雄心壮志,甚至缺乏实现梦想的信心。

Sometimes we see our dreams as a fantasy, not as a possibility. We get so caught up in that fantasy that we become addicted to the dream itself. Yet we are scared of seeing it realised, of it becoming reality. We hang onto the dream as a dream, with no true belief or intention to make it reality. And yet what are dreams? They are the yearnings of our heart, the driving force of who we are.

有时候,我们把梦想当作一种幻想,而不是一种可能。我们在这种幻想中徜徉自得以至于沉溺在梦想中无法清醒。所以,当梦想变成现实的时候,我们仍然害怕它实现。我们仅仅把梦想当作梦想,却没有真正的信念或打算去实现它。那么,什么是梦想呢?梦想是我们心中的渴望,是实现自我的动力。

So, many people plod along through life semi-satisfied with a mediocre existence. This doesn’t present challenges. It allows safety in routine and conformity. Why rock the boat and change anything? Why indeed? As they watch the lives of others for hours and hours on television, their own lives are passing them by.

因此,许多人因为不满足于平庸的存在而在生活中行迈靡靡。这不是在提出挑战。为什么要破坏良好的现状而寻求改变呢?为什么一定要这样做呢?当他们关注电视人物的命运的时候,他们自己的人生也在悄悄流逝。

Fear, an emotion given far too much power, rules. We all have fear. No one is immune. But we have a choice to face it and in doing so, dissolving it into the nothingness from which it came. It takes courage, will, strength, determination, and positive action. As Einstein said, wisdom comes from the doing not the knowing. We can all know about something enough, but until we actually do it, we can never truly know it.

恐惧是一种强而有力的情感。我们都会感到恐惧,没有人能幸免。但是我们可以选择勇敢地面对并消灭它。这需要勇气,意志,能力,决心和积极的行动。正如爱因斯坦所说,智慧来自行动而不是已知。对某件事情我们能够有足够的了解,但是直到我们真正着手处理的时候,却没有一点头绪。

We are given the power of choice. And our lives are our own. We owe it to ourselves to be the very best we can be. Life is over in a short time. And not all of us will even be blessed with living until old age. If this was the last week of your life, are you living how you truly want to be or working toward that?

上帝赋予了我们选择的权利。而且我们的人生是我们自己的。我们应该为了自己而努力做到最好。人生稍纵即逝,也不是所有的人都能幸运地活到老。如果这是你人生的最后一周,你在为你喜欢的生活的而活吗?或者是否正在为之努力?

Congratulations if it is. And thankfully for some it will be. But guaranteed, none of those people have a mediocre existence. Anyone who knows true contentment knows that they have had to work toward it, make conscious choices, face fear and be misunderstood. But the beating of their heart is the beat they walk to, not a beat set in time by others or by fear.

如果是的话,那么恭喜你。也感谢那些会这样生活的人。而且肯定的是,那些人中没有一个过平庸的生活。懂得真正满足的人知道他们必须要不断为之努力,明智选择,勇于面对恐惧和误解。但是他们心跳的节奏由  他们的目标决定,而不受别人或恐惧的摆布。

I fell into conversation with a lady the other day, a stranger, as I often do. We chatted for about ten minutes, laughing and friendly. As we departed, we hugged and wished each other well. It was lovely of course. Until her final words to me, “You have a good enough day”. Good enough? What sort of farewell is that?! What sort of wish is that? It took me back, initially leaving me a little speechless. I then wished her well on her way, in a much more positive fashion, and off we went to our own lives. But it stayed on my mind all day and still is, obviously. “You have a good enough day!” Her heart meant well. I know that. The greeting was given with kind intentions.

不久前的一天,我和一位陌生女士交谈——我经常这样做。我们愉快地交谈了十分钟左右。要分别的时候,我们相互拥抱并祝福对方。当然,这令人很愉快。但她的最后一句话让我百思不得其解。“祝你度过足够好的一天”。足够好?这算是什么告别和祝福呢? 回忆当时的场景,我最初还无言以对呢!然后我用更明确的方式祝她一路平安,之后我们回归了自己的生活。但是那个疑问一直在我脑海里萦绕。“祝你度过足够好的一天!”我知道她的本意肯定是好的。这是善意的问候。

But to me “You have a good enough day” translates roughly into “You have a day of mild boredom and complacency, an average day that you survive just for the sake of it”. Gee thanks! It was a puzzling remark and still leaves me a little puzzled. But having expectations that others will be as we are, or as we would like them to be, is a waste of time anyway and as I said, I am sure that her intention was kind.

但是我把“祝你今天足够愉快”粗略地理解为“你度过了有些厌倦又让人自满的一天,而这只是很平常但又不可或缺的一天。”谢天谢地!这是让人疑惑不解的一句话,直到现在都让我有些疑惑。但是期望别人和我们一样或者让他们跟随我们的想法都是在浪费时间。而且就像我之前所说,我确定那位女士的本意是好的。

Personally, I can’t do good enough. I tried that. It was never good enough! If we spend our lives kidding ourselves that we are happy with good enough, then we will join the ranks of some of my previous dying patients, who wished too late that they had found the courage to honor their own hearts.

就我个人而言,我不能做到足够好。尽管我尝试过,但是我从来没有做到。如果我们说服自己满足于足够好的话,那么我们与我之前一些垂死病人无异,他们太迟地祈祷能勇敢地面对自己内心的想法。

You have the power of choice to create the life that you dream of.

你有选择的权利来创造自己理想的人生。

So what is good enough for you? What is it that you could change to take you to another level of contentment in life? The changes don’t have to be grand. We can only ever do one step at a time anyway. We can talk ourselves out of our dreams if we look too far ahead, wondering how on earth it could all come together. We don’t know how it will all come together. Leave that up to life itself, because life rewards those who honor their hearts, in ways too perfect for us to imagine.

那么对于你而言足够好意味着什么呢?你又想改变什么来实现你人生中另一阶段的满足呢?当然,这种变化不须要翻天覆地。不管怎样,我们只能一步一个脚印往前走。如果我们好高骛远,一味地想要不断的改变,我们就会永远失去梦想。而且我们也不知道什么时候改变会接踵而至。让生活来鉴证吧!因为生活会以一种我们无法想象的方式去眷顾那些尊重自己内心想法的人。

Our job is to find the courage and simply take the first step. Then the next step will be revealed, then the next and so on. Each step will become clear when it is time to do so. Don’t worry about anything beyond that. Just take the step in front of you.

我们的职责是寻找勇气和走出第一步。然后下一步,下下一步直到最后。适当的时机展开适当的行动就能让事情有条不紊地进行,不要担心其他的事情。只要把当前的事做好就行了。

Then one day, you realise that you are now living your dream. It is real, not a fantasy anymore. You have caught up with it. It is said that our dreams come a size too big so we can grow into them. Be open to growing in that direction. You owe it to yourself.

将来某一天,你会发现自己生活在梦想里。这不再是一种幻想,而是真实的存在。到那时,你已经和梦想同行了。有人说我们的梦想能够容纳我们的成长。准备好朝着这个方向前进吧!你不应该错过!

What is good enough for you? What is good enough that you can look back on your life and be content with the choices that you have made? I hope that it is how you are living your life now. But if it isn’t, then what are you waiting for? Determine what is good enough and take the first step towards that. That’s all that you have to do. Take one small step at a time.

对你而言,足够好意味着什么呢?能够给你的人生留下回忆并且让你对你所做的选择满意的足够好的事是什么呢?我希望它是你现在的生活。但是如果不是,那你又在期待着什么呢?想想什么是你认为的足够好,然后向着它迈出第一步。每次只需迈出一小步。

Then one fine day, you will smile to yourself. You will realize that you did it, that the life you are now living really is good enough.

在晴朗的一天,你会微笑着面对自己。你会发现你做到了——你现在的生活就是真正的足够好。

 

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