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旅行中的微笑最美丽

时间:2014-12-17 15:08 作者:泛扬英语 点击: 77 次

       Everyone has a king inside. If you want to talk to him, the king will appear.

       在每个人内心都有一个国王,如果你想与他交谈,国王就会出现。
       On the last day of our visit, I found myself alone on a busy corner across the street from our hotel. Bicycles and motorbikes careened in front of me. We had been advised to walk straight through the teeming traffic without looking right or left. Left them avoid us.
       在我们参观的最后一天,我独自一个人在旅馆对面街道的一个喧闹角落里,自行车和摩托车在我面前横冲直撞地行驶,有人建议我们径直穿过拥挤的车流,不要左顾右盼,让车流来避让我们。
       But tonight I laws by myself and felt inadequate to face the torrent of vehicles. As I hesitated on the curb, I felt a hand on my elbow and looked down to see the smile of my small beggar friend looking up at me. She nodded her head toward the street, indicating that she would take me across. Together, we moved slowly into the chaos as she gently prodded me forward.
       可是今晚就我一个人,面对急流般的车流,我感到很不适应。当我在街头犹豫的时候,我感到在我胳膊肘处有一只手,我向下看了看,看到那个身材矮小的乞丐朋友微笑的望着我,她朝大街上点点头,意思是她带我穿过大街。她轻轻地推着我向前走,我们一起慢慢向人群嘈杂的地方走去。
       When we reached the center of the crossing, I looked down at her again, and couldn’t resist exclaiming, “you have the most beautiful smile.”
       到达十字路口的中央处,我又低头看了看她,情不自禁地说了一句“你的微笑最美丽”
       She obviously knew little English, but must have recognized the tone, for she threw both arms and crutches around me in a big hug, while the traffic streamed by us on both sides.
       很显然,她不懂英语,但她一定辨认出我说话的语调,于是她扔开拐杖,张开双臂拥抱了我,此时,大街上的车辆都被我们涌到了两边。
       Then we precariously moved on toward the sidewalk, where she pulled my face down to hers, kissed me on both cheeks , and then limped away, still smiling and waving back to me.
       然后我们蹒跚地向人行道走去,她把我的脸拉向她,在我的两颊上各吻了一下,然后一瘸一拐离开了,还不时地回头向我微笑和挥手。
       I had not given her a single coin. We had shared something vastly more important-a warming of hearts in friendship.
       我没有给她一分钱,但我们却一起体验了友谊的热情,这更有意义。
       This experience reminded me of something Mother Teresa once said, “If you cannot do great things, you can do small things with great love.”
       这个经历让我想起了特蕾莎修女曾经说过的一句话“如果你做不了伟大的事情,那就用伟大的爱心做点小事”
       To look beggars in the eye and smile, thus acknowledging their existence, is a small thing. Putting your hand into another’s outstretched hand and grasping it firmly for a moment is also a small thing. Learning to use a greeting in the local language is not too difficult. But these are important.
       目不转睛地看着乞丐并且微笑,认同他们的存在,这都是很小的事情;把你的手放在别人伸出的手里,紧紧地握上一会,这也是小事;学会用当地的语言说句问候的话语也不困难;但是,这些都很有意义。
       Traveling in poorer nations, I have witnessed a variety of ways to deal with beggars. The most common response of tourists faced with the poverty-stricken is to ignore them and focus their eyes elsewhere, I have seen people push away an outstretched hand in angry annoyance. A few may hastily drop a few coins into a beseeching palm, and focus their eyes elsewhere. I have seen people push away an outstretched hand in angry annoyance. A few may hastily drop a few coins into a beseeching palm, and then execute a quick getaway in hopes that another 20 ragged pursuers won’t immediately appear on the scene.
       在贫穷的国家旅游,我亲眼目睹了与乞丐打交道的多种方法。面对穷人最常见的回应是不理睬,还有转移注意力。我曾看见有人非常恼火地把他们伸出来的手推开,还有一些人急匆匆地把几个硬币丢在他们乞求的手里,然后快速离开,生怕马上又看见20多个衣衫褴褛的乞丐追上来。
       But I feel it’s worthwhile to try to live by the words of English author John Cowper Powys, “No one can consider himself wholly civilized who does not look upon every individual, without a single exception, as of deep and startling interest.”
       但是,我感觉能够按英国作家博伊斯说的那样生活还是很有价值的,他说“如果一个人不是对他人无一例外地怀着深厚、莫大的兴趣,那他就不能说自己是十足的文明人”
       I once spotted a legless man sitting by a road at the Pushkar Camel Fair in India. I was returning to my tent after recording the exotic music of the dancing men of Pushkar and was replaying the music on my tape recorder. When the man’s smile lured me to join him, we began to communicate in the kind of sign language and laughter one learns while vagabonding around the world.
       我曾经在印度普旭卡骆驼节书上见过一个没有腿的男人坐在马路边,我录完普旭卡载歌载舞的男人们播放的充满异域风情的音乐后,就回我的帐篷,路上重放着录音机里面的音乐,我被他的微笑吸引住了,于是向他走近,我们开始用手势和笑声谈论起来。如果要在这个世界上流浪,这些都是要学会的。
       After mimicking the whirling skirts and sticks, I showed him how my tape recorder worked. He motioned for me to give it to him. I hesitated, but only for a moment. After examining it carefully, he began to sing a hauntingly beautiful song, indicating that he wanted me to record it and take it home as a memory of our time together.
       模仿过旋转的裙子和鼓槌后,我告诉他录音机是如何运作的。他向我示意要我把录音机给他看看,我只是犹豫了一下便给了他,他小心检视过就开始唱歌了,歌曲很优美,让人难以忘怀,他向我示意把歌录下来,这样就可以带回家去回忆我们在一起的欢乐时光。
       Moments before, we had been total strangers; suddenly, we were cemented in a momentary friendship born of our common existence in this world. His eyes shone as we exchanged names. My experience with Vidur confirmed the truth of the Scandinavian proverb, “In every man there is a king. Speak to the king, and the king will come forth.”
       不久之前,我们还完全陌生,突然间,瞬间的友谊把我们紧密联系在一起,我们的友谊诞生于我们在这个世界上的共同存在。当我们交换姓名时他两眼放光,我和Vidur的经历证实了斯堪的纳维亚的一句格言“在每个人内心都有一个国王,如果你想与他交谈,国王就会出现”
       I ‘ve learned that those considered the world’s most hopeless are so often rich in humanity, with hearts yearning to be affirmed –and ready to respond.
       我明白了那些被认为是世界上最没有希望的人却经常富有人性,他们的心灵渴望被认同,也乐于做出回应。
       My life continues to be enriched by connecting with everyday humanity. Each time I do this, I rediscover that what I have been given is far beyond monetary value. And I reaffirm that everyone is worthy –and worth knowing.
       与平凡的人保持联系,一直丰富着我的生活,每次这样做的时候,我都发现我所收获的远远不止金钱的价值,并且我再次坚信,每个人都是有价值的-值得你去了解。