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贾东云《享受》英译

2015-07-10    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

贾东云《享受》英译

享受

贾东云

美国有一位八十多岁的老人,花费了17年的时间,缝制了一床拼花棉被。这床棉被在美国的民间艺术展中,引起观赏者极大兴趣。有一位记者采访老人时问:“用17年缝制一床棉被,你不觉得辛苦、寂寞吗?”老人回答说:“不,一点也不。这17年每天我都感得快乐和满足。用17年缝制一床棉被对我来说不是受苦,而是一种享受。”

作家林斤澜写过一篇短文,说作家孙犁曾有一个出国机会,众人垂涎欲滴,但他轻易就放弃了,原因竟是:他不会打领带。其实,不会打领带只是借口,关键是孙犁没有把出国当作享受。孙犁的享受是什么呢?在他写的《书衣文录》里,有这样的句子:“东日透窗,光明在案。裁纸装书,甚适。”

人生的享受有许多种,然而,现在人们的享受变得越来越趋同了。几乎每个人都认为,住豪宅开名车、大把花钱、吃山珍海味是享受。而很少有人留意骑车、散步、种花养鸟、亲朋相聚、与爱人相濡以沫……都是人生的享受。其实,享受和金钱无关,然而认识享受,全看我们有怎样的情怀。

Enjoy Life

Jia Dengyun
 
A patchwork quilt aroused a strong interest of the visitors at a folk art exhibition in the United States because the artist had spent 17 years making it. “Didn’t you ever feel bored and lonely sewing the quilt, which took you 17 years?” asked a journalist. “No, not at all,” replied the old lady, now in her 80s. “I was happy and contented every single day in the past 17 years. It was no drudgery sewing the quilt for 17 years. I just enjoyed doing it.”

The writer Lin Jinlan has provided an anecdote about the writer Sun Li. When a much envied opportunity to visit a foreign country presented itself to him, Sun Li nonchalantly gave it up and the reason given was that he did not know how to put on a tie. This was, of course, an excuse. The truth was Sun Li did not take going abroad as fun and enjoyment. What then did he enjoy? In his Notes on Book Wrappers, he writes: “What a pleasure it is to cut paper and wrap books at a desk lighted by the winter sun shining through the window!”

There are many things one can enjoy in life. These days, however, the pattern of what people enjoy seems to become more homogeneous. An almost universal belief is that a grand house, a luxury car, a lot of money at disposal, delicacies and dainties are the ultimate enjoyment. Few people notice the pleasures of biking, walking, planting flowers, raising birds, getting together with friends, caring for loved ones, etc. In reality, enjoyment in life does not necessarily have to do with money. How we can enjoy life depends entirely on our attitude towards it.

(章思英 译)



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