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大学英语四六级晨读经典365:春日激情篇 50 Believe in myself 相信自己(mp3)

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相信自己,相信自己能战胜一切困难,相信自己能创造奇迹。
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50 Believe in myself 相信自己

I lost my sight when I was four years old by falling off a box car in a freight yard in Atlantic City and landing on my head . Now I am thirty-two . I can vaguely remember the brightness of sunshine and what colour red is . It would be wonderful to see again , but a calamity can do strange things to people . It occurred to me the other day that I might not have come to love life as I do if I hadn' t been blind . I believe in life now . I am not so sure that I would have believed in it so deeply, otherwise . I don' t mean that I would prefer to go without my eyes . I simply mean that the loss of them made me appreciate the more what I had left .
4岁那年在大西洋城,我从货场一辆火车上摔下来,头先着地,于是双目失明。现在我已经32岁了。我还模糊地记得阳光是多么灿烂,红色是多么鲜艳。能恢复视觉固然好,但灾难也能对人产生奇妙的作用。有一天我突然想到,倘若我不是盲人,我或许不会变得像现在这样热爱生活。现在我相信生活,但我不能肯定如果自己是明眼人,会不会像现在这样深深地相信生活。这并不意味着我宁愿成为盲人,而只是意味着失去视力使我更加珍惜自己其他的能力。

Life, I believe, asks a continuous series of adjustments to reality . The more readily a person is able to make these adjustments, the more meaningful his own private world becomes . The adjustment is never easy . I was bewildered and afraid . But I was lucky . My parents and my teachers saw something in me ——a potential to live, you might call it ——which I didn' t see, and they made me want to fight it out with blindness .
我认为,生活要求人不断地自我调整以适应现实。人愈能及时地进行调整,他的个人世界便愈有意义。调整决非易事。我曾感到茫然害怕,但我很幸运,父母和老师在我身上发现了某种东西——可以称之为活下去的潜力吧——而我自己却没有发现。他们激励我誓与失明拼搏到底。

The hardest lesson I had to learn was to believe in myself . That was basic . If I hadn ' t been able to do that, I would have collapsed and become a chair rocker on the front porch for the rest of my life . When I say belief in myself I am not talking about simply the kind of self- confidence that helps me down an unfamiliar staircase alone . That is part of it . But I mean something bigger than that : an assurance that I am, despite imperfections, a real, positive person that somewhere in the sweeping, intricate pattern of people there is a special place where I can make myself fit .
我必须学会的最艰难的一课就是相信自己,这是基本条件。如做不到这一点,我的精神就会崩溃,只能坐在前门廊的摇椅中度过余生。相信自己并不仅仅指支持我独自走下陌生的楼梯的那种自信,那是一部分。我指的是大事:是坚信自己虽然有缺陷,却是一个真正的有进取心的人;坚信在芸芸众生错综复杂的格局当中,自有我可以安身立命的一席之地。

All my life I have set ahead of me a series of goals and then tried to reach them, one at a time . I had to learn my limitations . It was no good to try for something I knew at the start was wildly out of reach because that only invited the bitterness of failure . I would fail sometimes anyway but on the average I made progress .
我这一辈子给自己树立了一系列目标,然后努力去达到,一次一个。我必须了解自己能力有限,若开始就知道某个目标根本达不到却硬要去实现,那不会有任何好处,因为那只会带来失败的苦果。我有时也失败过,但一般来说总有进步。

英语词汇注释

calamity n. 灾祸,灾难
continuous adj. 连续不断
adjustment n. 调整,适应
bewildered adj. 困惑的
collapse vi. 崩溃
intricate adj. 错综复杂的
limitation n. 限制
bitterness n. 辛酸,苦难

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