2014.07.28【英译中】A Truth of Life

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发表于:2014-07-28 18:58 [只看楼主] [划词开启]
One of my patients, a successful businessman, tells me that before his cancer he would become depressed unless things went a certain way. Happiness was “having the cookie.” If you have the cookie, things were good. If you didn't have the cookie, life wasn't worth a damn. Unfortunately, the cookie kept changing. Some of the time it was money, sometimes power, sometimes desire. At other times, it was the new car, the biggest contract, the most prestigious   address. A year and a half after his diagnosis of prostate cancer, he sits shaking his head ruefully. “It's like I stopped learning how to live after I was a kid. When I give my son a cookie, he is happy. If I take the cookie away or it breaks, he is unhappy. But he is two and a half and I am forty-three. It's taken me this long to understand that the cookie will never make me happy for long. The minute you have the cookie it starts to crumble or you start to worry about it crumbling or about someone trying to take it away from you. You know you have to give up a lot of things to take care of the cookie, to keep it from crumbling and be sure that no one takes it away from you. You may not even get a chance to eat it because you are so busy, just trying not to lose it. Having the cookie is not what life is about.” 
我的一个病人,一个成功的商人,告诉我在他患癌症之前,只要事情没有确定下来,他就情绪低落。幸福便是“拥有小甜饼”。如果你有了小甜饼,一切都是好的。如果你没有,生活就一文不值。不幸的是,小甜饼总是不断变换着,有时是金钱,有时是权利,有时是希望。在其他时候,它是一辆新车,一份数额最大的合同,或者是有声望的地址。在被诊断出前列腺癌的一年半后,他坐在那里,悲伤地摇着头,说:“那感觉就像是我从还是个孩子起就停止了学习如何生活。当我给我儿子一块小甜饼时,他很开心。如果我拿走小甜饼或者是小甜饼碎了,他就闷闷不乐。但他只有两岁半,我已经四十三岁了。我花了这么长时间才明白小甜饼并不能让我长久感到幸福。在你拥有小甜饼的那一刻起,他就开始破碎,或者你就开始担心他会破碎,或别人在设法拿走它。你知道如果你想守护好小甜饼,不让它破碎,确保不会有人夺走它,你就必须放弃许多东西。你甚至没有时间去享用它,因为你一直忙于不让自己失去它。拥有小甜饼并不是生命的意义所在。
My patient laughs and says cancer has changed him. For the first time he is happy. No matter if his business is doing well or not, no matter if he wins or loses at golf. “Two years ago, cancer asked me, ‘Okay, what's important? What is really important? ‘Well, life is important. Life. Life any way you can have it, life with the cookie, life without the cookie. Happiness does not have anything to do with the cookie; it has to do with being alive.” He pauses thoughtfully. “Damn, I guess life is the cookie.”
我的病人笑着说癌症改变了他。他第一次感到幸福。无论他的生意是否顺利,无论他打高尔夫是输是赢。“两年前,癌症问我‘什么重要?什么真正重要?’‘生命重要。生命。无论如何你拥有生命,不管有没有小甜饼。幸福与小甜饼毫无关系,它与活着有关。”他若有所思地停顿了一下,“该死,我觉得生命就是那块小甜饼。


 


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