生命不是一场竞赛(全世界最令人感动的一封信)

生命不是一场竞赛(全世界最令人感动的一封信)
Life Isn’t a Competition

一位伟大而又平凡的父亲,一封情真意切的信。父亲的忠告,送给他三岁大的爱子,同时也启示所有人:人生是一段美妙的旅程,虽然会有阴雨,重要的是学会爱,学会享受生活,从而快乐一生。

亲爱的塞斯,
Dear Seth,

[1] 你现在仅仅3岁,此刻你还不识字,更不用说让你去理解我接下来想在这封信里对你所说的话了。但是我已经苦思冥想了好久,关于你即将面临的人生以及我的生活,我反思我所学会的;思考一个父亲的职责,力图让你为未来岁月中即将面临的困难做好充分准备。
[1] Youbut don’t let that close you to new things. Don’t retreat from life, don’t hide or wall yourself off. Be open to new things, new experiences, new people.

[11] 你或许心碎了10次,但是在第十一次找到至爱。如果你把自己关在爱的门外,你就会错过这个女子,和你生命中最快乐的时光。
[11] You might get your heart broken 10 times, but find the most wonderful woman the 11th time. If you shut yourself off from love, you’ll miss out on that woman, and the happiest times of your life.

[12] 你可能会被你遇到的人耻笑欺负伤害and then after meeting dozens of jerks, find a true friend. If you close yourself off to new people, and don’t open your heart to them, you’ll avoid pain but also lose out on meeting some incredible people, who will be there during the toughest times of your life and create some of the best times of your life.

[13] 你会失败多次但是如果你让失败打到了你,不再努力,你就会错过那种当你达到成就新高度的难以言喻的成就感。失败是成功之母。
[13] You will fail many times but if you allow that to stop you from trying, you will miss out on the amazing feeling of success once you reach new heights with your accomplishments. Failure is a stepping stone to success.

生命不是一场竞赛
Life Isn’t a Competition

[14] 你会遇到一些人他们总是试图超过你,在中学,大学,在工作中。他们想要拥有更好的车,更大的房子,更好的衣物,更酷的小玩意。对他们来说,生命就是一场竞赛—他们不得不比同辈做得更好来让自己感到快乐。
You will meet many people who will try to outdo you, in school, in college, at work. They’ll try to have nicer cars, bigger houses, nicer clothes, cooler gadgets. To them, life is a competition they have to do better than their peers to be happy.

[15] 这里有一个秘诀:生命并不是一场竞赛。而是一段旅程。如果你在途中一直都试图给他人留下深刻印象,超过别人,那你就浪费了这段旅程。与之相反,学会享受它,让之成为快乐之旅,永恒的学习之旅,持久的进步之旅以及爱之旅。
Here’s a secret: Life isn’t a competition. It’s a journey. If you spend that journey always trying to impress others, to outdo others, youand then use the time you would have wasted trying to earn money to buy those things use that time doing things you love.

[17] 找到你的激情,坚持不懈地追求它。别让自己被一个还债的的工作所累。生命太短暂了,更不可将之浪费在你所厌恶的工作上。
[17] Find your passion, and pursue it doggedly. Don’t settle for a job that pays the bills. Life is too short to waste on a job you hate.

爱应该成为你的生活准则
Love Should Be Your Rule

[18] 如果让一个词成为你的生活支撑的话,那它应该是爱。也许这听来已是老生常谈,我也清楚但是请信任我,再没有更好的生活准则了。
If there’s a single word you should live your life by, it should be this: Love. It might sound corny, I know but trust me, there’s no better rule in life.

[19] 一些人以成功作为生活准则。他们的生活会很紧张,不开心并且很浅薄。
[19] Some would live by the rule of success. Their lives will be stressful, unhappy and shallow.

[20] 另一些人的生活准则是个人利益—他们将个人需要置于他人需要之上。他们孤独一生,终究也不会快乐。
[20] Others would live by the rule of selfishness putting their needs above those of others. They will live lonely lives, and will also be unhappy.

[21] 还有一些人他们为正义而生—努力展示其道路的正确性,并试图劝服任何一个不以正义为生活准则的人。他们关心他人,却以一种消极的方式,最终怀抱追寻一生的正义而终,而正却是一个糟糕的伴侣。
[21] Still others will live by the rule of righteousness trying to show the right path, and admonishing anyone who doesn’t live by that path. They are concerned with others, but in a negative way, and in the end will only have their own righteousness to live with, and that’s a horrible companion.

[22] 用爱支撑你的生命。爱你的妻子,你的孩子,你的父母亲,你的朋友,全心全意地去爱。给与他们你所需要的,不要流露出任何残忍,不赞同,冷漠或者失望,只有爱。向他们敞开灵魂。
[22] Live your life by the rule of love. Love your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends, with all of your heart. Give to them what they need, and show them not cruelty nor disapproval nor coldness nor disappointment, but only love. Open your soul to them.

[23] 不仅仅爱你深爱的人,也要爱你的邻居…你的同事your coworkers strangers your brothers and sisters in humanity. Offer anyone you meet a smile, a kind word, a kind gesture, a helping hand.

[24] 不仅仅爱邻居和陌生人but your enemy. The person who is cruelest to you, who has been unkind to you love him. He is a tortured soul, and most in need of your love.

[25] 最重要的是爱你自己。当别人批评你时,学着不要强加自己,去认为自己丑,笨或者不值得去爱but to think instead that you are a wonderful human being, worthy of Happiness and love and learn to love yourself for who you are.

[26] 最后,要知道我爱你并且永远都会,你即将开启一段有点奇怪,令人害怕,令人心悸但最终很不可思议的巧妙旅程,我永远会支持你。祝万事如意。
[26] Finally, know that I love you and always will. You are starting out on a weird, scary, daunting, but ultimately incredibly wonderful journey, and I will be there for you when I can. Godspeed.