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美文欣赏:乞丐启示录

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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。

  

美文欣赏:乞丐启示录


  Everyone has a kind 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。

  Outside our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, a seemingly ancient woman on crutches waited beside the door with her hand outstretched. Every day I put my hand in hers as our eyes met. She never failed to return my smile, my grasp, and my greeting.

  在越南胡志明市里我们旅馆外面,有一个颇似古代人的老妇人倚着拐杖,伸手在门口等着。每天,当我和她目光交汇时,我都会把我的手放在她的手里。她也会对我的微笑、握手及问候报以同样的微笑、握手及问候。

  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. Let them avoid us.

  在我们参观的最后一天,我自己一个人,在旅馆对面街道上一个喧闹的角落里。自行车和摩托车在我面前猛冲直撞地行驶。有人建议我们径直穿过拥挤的车流,不要左顾右盼,以免他们撞到我们。

  But tonight I was 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.

  可是到了晚上就我一个人了,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地望着我。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糟杂的地方走去。

  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时,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,但她一定可以辨认我说话的语调,于是她扔开拐杖,张开双臂拥抱我,此时,大街上的车辆都被我们涌到两边了。

  Then we precarious 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.

  这时,我们蹒跚地向人行道走去,她把我的脸拉向她的脸,在我两颊上各吻了一下,然后一瘸一拐地离开了,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 remained me of something Mother Teresa once said: “If you cannot do great things, you can do small things with great love.”

  这个经历让我想起特蕾莎修女曾经说过了一句话:“如果你做不了伟大的事情,那就用伟大的爱心做点小事吧。”

  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.

  用眼睛和微笑看待乞丐,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,这也是小事情;学会用当地的语言说句问候的话也不很困难;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 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的伸出来的手推开。还有一些人急匆匆地把几个硬币丢在他们乞求的手掌里,然后就快速地离开,生怕马上又看见20多个衣服褴褛的乞丐追上来。

  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波伊斯说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.

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