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    美文阅读:一个人的冬春夏秋

    Source:    2021-04-19  我要投稿   恒星英语学习论坛   Favorite  

    There was a man who had four sons.
    有一个男人,他有四个儿子
    He wanted his sons to learn
    他想要教自己的儿子一件事
    to not judge things too quickly.
    即,对事物不要太快下结论
    So he sent them each on a quest,
    于是,他给每个儿子都分配了一项任务
    in turn,
    让他们轮流
    to go and look at a pear tree
    去照看一棵梨树
    that was a great distance away.
    这棵树长在很远的地方
    The first son went in the winter,
    第一个儿子是冬天去的
    the second in the spring,
    第二个儿子春天
    the third in summer,
    三儿子夏天
    and the youngest son in the fall.
    最小的儿子是秋天去的
    When they had all gone and come back,
    当他们四人都去过并完成任务后
    he called them together
    他将他们叫到一起
    to describe what they had seen.
    请他们描述一下自己见到的东西
    The first son said
    第一个儿子说
    that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.
    那棵树十分丑陋,佝偻,扭曲
    The second son said
    第二个儿子说
    no – it was covered with green buds
    不,那棵树长满了绿芽
    and full of promise.
    生机盎然
    The third son disagreed ,
    第三个儿子也不同意
    he said
    他说
    it was laden with blossoms
    树上开满了花朵
    that smelled so sweet
    那些花闻起来十分香甜
    and looked so beautiful,
    看上去也非常美丽
    it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
    这是他见过的最美好的事物
    The last son disagreed with all of them;
    第四个儿子说的与前三人都不同
    he said it was ripe
    他说这棵树丰收了
    and drooping with fruit,
    果实累累
    full of life and fulfilment.
    充满了生命力,十分充盈
    The man then explained to his sons
    男人这时对儿子们解释道
    that they were all right,
    他们说得都对
    because
    因为
    they had each seen but one season in the tree's life.
    他们每人都只看到了树的一生中一个季节的模样
    He told them
    他告诉他们
    that you cannot judge a tree,
    你们不要对一棵树
    or a person,
    一个人
    by only one season,
    一个季节里的模样评价他
    and that the essence of who they are
    他们内在的本质
    – and the pleasure, joy, and love
    他们内心的欢乐,欣喜和爱
    that come from that life
    都是源自于完整的生活
    can only be measured at the end,
    只能到最后才能丈量出来
    when all the seasons are up.
    当你历经四季的时候
    If you give up when it's winter,
    如果你在冬天就放弃了
    you will miss the promise of your spring,
    你就会错过春天见给予你的希望
    the beauty of your summer,
    夏天将见证的美丽
    fulfilment of your fall.
    秋天的收获
    Don't judge a life by one difficult season.
    不要仅凭一个困难时节里的处境去评价一个人
    Don't let the pain of one season
    不要让一个季节里的苦痛
    destroy the joy of all the rest.
    毁了所有其他季节里的欢乐


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