英语励志美文

01
  你可以选择自己想过的生活

  Occasionally, life can be undeniably, impossibly difficult. We are faced with challenges and events that can seem overwhelming, life-destroying to the point where it may be hard to decide whether to keep going. But you always have a choice. Jessica Heslop shares her powerful, inspiring journey from the worst times in her life to the new life she has created for herself:

  生活有时候困难得难以置信,但又不容置疑。我们面临的挑战与困境似乎无法抵御,试图毁灭我们生活,甚至使你犹疑是否继续走下去。但是你总有选择的余地。从人生低谷走向新生活的杰西卡·赫斯乐普,在这里与我们分享她启迪心灵、充满震撼力的生活之旅。

  In 2012 I had the worst year of my life.

  2012年是我生活中最艰难的一年。

  I worked in a finance job that I hated and I lived in a concrete jungle city with little greenery. I occupied my time with meaningless relationships and spent copious quantities of money on superficialities. I was searching for happiness and had no idea where to find it.

  我做着讨厌的财务工作,住在难寻绿色的高楼林立的城市。我忙于无意义的交往,在一些肤浅表面的东西上大笔开销。我寻找快乐,却又不知道它在哪里。

  Then I fell ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and became virtually bed bound. I had to quit my job and subsequently was left with no income. I lived with my boyfriend of then only 3 months who financially supported me and our relationship was put under great pressure. I eventually regained my physical health, but not long after that I got a call from my family at home to say that my father’s cancer had fiercely progressed and that he had been admitted to a hospice.

  然后我患上了慢性疲劳综合症,几乎到了卧床不起的地步。我不得不辞掉工作,同时也就断了财源。我和那时仅相处了3个月的男友住在一起,经济上完全依赖于他,我们的关系承受着巨大压力。终于我恢复健康,但不久,我接到家里的电话,父亲的癌症急剧恶化,已经住进了临终关怀中心。

  I left the city and I went home to be with him.

  我离开了城市,回家陪父亲。

  He died 6 months later.

  6个月之后,他去世了。

  My father was a complete inspiration to me. He was always so strong that, for a minute after he drew his last breath, I honestly thought he would come back to life. I couldn’t believe I would never again cuddle into his big warm chest and feel safe no matter what.

  父亲的事让我彻底清醒。他一直很强壮,在他咽气之后一分钟里,我真的认为,他会活过来。我不能相信,我再也不能依偎在他温暖的怀抱里,享受他宽大的胸怀带给我的安全感。

  The grief that followed was intense for all of us 5 children and our mother, but we had each other.

  母亲和我们5个兄弟姐妹极为难过,但至少我们还拥有彼此。

  But my oldest sister at that time complained of a bad back. It got so bad after 2 months that she too was admitted to hospital.

  但是,那时我大姐开始抱怨着背痛,2个月后,因疼痛加剧也住进了医院。

  They discovered that she had highly advanced cancer in her bones and that there was nothing that they could do.

  医生们检查发现,她已是骨癌晚期,对此他们已无能为力。

  She died 1 month later.

  1个月之后,她也走了。

  I could never put into words the loss of my sister in my life.

  大姐的逝去让我陷入难以形容的痛苦之中。

  She was a walking, talking angel and my favourite person in the whole world. If someone could have asked me the worst thing that could ever happen, it would have been losing her.

  在这个世界上,她是一个能走路、会说话的天使,我最喜欢的人。如果有人问我,世界上发生的最坏的事情是什么,那就是失去她。

  She was my soul-mate and I never thought I would journey this lifetime without her.

  她是我的灵魂伴侣,我从来没有想过,我会走过没有她陪伴的生命旅程。

  The Moment Of Deliberate Choice

  抉择时刻

  The shock and extreme heart break brought me to my knees. The pain was so great and my world just looked desolate. I had no real home, no money, no job, and no friends that cared. Not one person had even sent me a sympathy card for my loss.

  我被打击和极度的心痛击挎了。强烈的痛苦使世界在我眼中变得如此凄凉。我没有真正意义上的家,没有钱,没有工作,也没有关心我的朋友。没有一个人因我失去亲人而寄给我慰问卡。

  I made an attempt of my own life and I ended up in hospital.

  我尝试着活下去,结果住进了医院。

  I remember lying in the hospital bed, looking up at the ceiling and seeing my sister’s beautiful face. She stayed with me all night long.

  我记得,躺在病床上,看着天花板,看到姐姐美丽的面庞。她整夜守候着我。

  I realised during that night that I had a choice. I could choose to end my life or I could choose to live it.

  那天晚上,我意识到我可以选择。要么结束生命,要么活下去。

  I looked in my sister’s eyes and I made a decision not to go with her just yet. That I would stay and complete my journey here.

  望着姐姐的眼睛,我决定不跟她走。我要留下来,走完我的生命旅程。

  I also made the decision that, I wouldn’t just live any life. I would live the life that I absolutely LOVE and nothing less.

  同时,我还决定,不只为生活而生活,我要完全以自己想要的方式生活。

  In that moment, the clarity that descended around me was like a light shining in a dark room for the first time. As if the earth’s plates had shifted under my feet and everything suddenly looked real for the first time.

  在那一刻,这一想法第一次清晰得如同一盏在黑暗闪烁的明灯。好像脚下的地球版块变换了,每一样东西在我眼前都真实得前所未有。

  The Blossoms Of My Newly Chosen Life

  我的生活之花重新绽放了

  Since then I have begun to shape the most beautiful life for myself.

  从那时起,我开始为自己塑造最美丽的生活。

  I now live in an adorable stone cottage in a stunningly green, luscious region of the UK amongst woodlands and lakes.

  现在,我住在英国一栋迷人的小石屋里,绿树掩映,与湖为伴,景色美丽宜人。

  I have a deeply harmonious, joyful relationship with my amazing boyfriend, who’s gone through all this with me and we are very happy together.

  我的男友很好,我们的关系和谐美好,他曾伴我度过那段艰难时期,现在我们一起分享着快乐。

  I write a blog that inspires others to live the life that they love. It is what I know I was born to do and it truly makes my heart sing.

  我写博客,激励他人过他们喜欢的生活。我知道这是我生来要做的事情,它真正使我感受到发自内心的快乐。

  I am making new friends with beautiful souls all around the world.

  我和世界上有着美好心灵的人交朋友。

  I practise gratitude for my life every single day and I feel the abundance in everything I have now.

  每一天,我满怀对生活的感激之情,我满足于我现在拥有的一切。

  I spend quality time with the rest of my precious family and cherish every moment I have with them.

  我与心爱的家人共度快乐时光,珍惜与他们相处的每一刻。

  I have written a bucket list and am already manifesting so much of which I have always dreamed.

  我列出愿望清单,它很大程度上体现了我一直以来梦想。

  I connect with my heart often to ensure that I am always following my joy.

  我时常与心交流,确保做着喜欢的事。

  I love myself more deeply every day.

  我一天比一天更爱自己。

  I live authentically now.

  现在我真正地活着。

  Waking Up

  清醒

  It took something powerfully transformative in my life to make me wake up. Wake up to some fundamental truths of life.This life is a gift if you want to accept it. No matter what the obstacle, you can make your life abundant with joy and you can live authentically.

  生活中一些重大变化使我清醒,使我意识到生活的基本真理。如果你愿意接受生活,它就是礼物。无论遭遇任何困难,你总能让生活充满快乐,真正地生活。

  Not a day goes by when I don’t miss my father’s huge character or my beloved sister’s gentle brown eyes, but I know that I will be with them one day for an eternity. What I have now is so precious and so fleeting that I must grasp the joy in every moment I can, and treat it as the gift that it is.

  没有哪一天,我不思念父亲温暖的怀抱或至爱的姐姐温柔的棕色眼睛,但是,我知道,终有一天我会与他们相聚。我现在拥有的是如此珍贵、如此易逝,我必须尽情享受每一刻的欢愉,将其视为上帝的馈赠。

  You choose life every day. But do you choose the life that you love every day?

  每一天,你选择生活。但是,你是否每一天都过着想要的生活?

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02
  成功道路上的8块绊脚石 想成功就别怕辛苦

  I recently received an e-mail from the motivational speaker and real estate investor Paul LeJoy. He's been wildly successful in real estate sales and has mentored and worked with dozens of entrepreneurs.

  最近我收到一封来自励志演说家兼房地产投资者雷乔-保罗的电子邮件。他在房地产销售方面相当成功。他指导过许多企业家,也和他们共事过。

  In his e-mail, LeJoy identified eight pitfalls that lie athwart every pathway to success. His thoughts were so deep and insightful that I edited them and condensed them:

  在他的邮件里,雷乔指出了会出现在通往成功道路上的8个绊脚石。他的想法非常深刻且有洞察力,于是我将它们加以浓缩编辑成文:

  1. Timidity

  胆怯

  Every path to success begins with a great idea. There's only one problem: Great ideas are a dime a dozen. What really matters when it comes to becoming a success is not having the idea but having the courage to transform that idea into reality. This usually means a risk of losing the security of a regular job and risking a steady paycheck. Only the brave ever overcome this first of the pitfalls.

  每条成功之路都源于一个伟大的想法。唯一的问题是:伟大的想法遍地都是。对于成功而言,真正重要的并不是拥有这个想法,而是有勇气把这个想法变成现实。通常这意味着风险:失去稳定的工作,还有失去固定的工资。只有勇敢者才能越过这第一个绊脚石。

  2. Laziness

  懒惰

  Even with a great idea and the courage to pursue it, your efforts will be for naught unless you're willing to take massive action. Write down your goals and (more important) the action steps you'll take to pursue those goals. Post your vision and plan in your bedroom, bathroom, office. Share it with others, so they'll hold you accountable for delivering on your plan. Make yourself accountable and become the master of your destiny.

  即使有了伟大的想法,也有勇气去追求,但除非你愿意采取大量的行动,否则你的努力还是徒劳无功。写下你的目标,更重要的是写下你为实现目标所采取的行动步骤。把你的愿景和计划做成海报贴在你的卧室、卫生间和办公室里。与他人分享,这样他们将督促你实现你的计划。对自己负责,让自己成为命运的主人。

  3. Complacency

  自满

  Without passion, even the most compelling vision will wither on the vine. Without passion, your energy and enthusiasm will flag when you encounter inevitable obstacles. Make your passion into an almost physical characteristic of your personality, an inexorable force that keeps you engaged every moment of every workday, bringing you one step closer to the measure of success that you desire.

  没有激情,即使是最激动人心的愿景也将无果而终。没有激情,当你遇到不可避免的阻碍时,你的能量和热情也将烟消云散。让你的激情成为你个性中的一部分,让你的激情成为一股不可抵挡的力量,带着它去迎接每一天每一刻,让你向着渴望的成功更近一步。

  4. Distraction

  分心

  The modern world clamors  for your attention in ever-louder ways, a deluge that can distract you from your course. It takes self-discipline to persevere amidst the noise and haste, to assert your willpower over casual desires and instincts. Channel your emotions, behavior, and desires toward obtaining the reward of success. Remember: Living a life of self-discipline is less painful in the long run than regretting "what might have been."

  在现代社会里,各种喧闹扰乱着你的心绪,像洪水般冲荡着自己的进程。在嘈杂和匆忙中,你要坚持就需要自律,用你的意志力战胜随意的欲望和本能。调节你的情绪、行为和欲望以求获得成功的奖赏。记住:从长远来看,自律的生活,会比起生活在“也许会有另一番人生”的悔恨中要少一些苦痛。

  5. Doubt

  怀疑

  Once you've made a decision, doubt is a worm that eats away at your ability to succeed. Life and work can be hard and even cruel. Remember, the race is not for the swift but rather those who persevere. Rather than allowing doubt to seep in and poison your process, you owe it to yourself to remain confident in your vision and your plan. Adapt as needed along the way,but always know that success will ultimately be yours.

  一旦你做了决定,怀疑就像一种蠕虫病毒,它会侵蚀你实现成功的能力。生活和工作可能会艰辛,甚至是残酷。记住,这场比赛比的不是快,比的是谁更能坚持。不要让怀疑渗入和毒害你,你要对你的愿景和计划保持信心,这是由你决定的。在前进的路上根据需要进行调整,坚信成功最终是属于你的。

  6. Disconnection

  孤立

  The old sayings "no man is an island" and "there's strength in numbers" may sound corny, but that doesn't make them any less true. Even with self-discipline, in the long run, you'll need contact with kindred spirits and mentors. Meeting regularly can be a great boost to your morale and provide new perspectives on your approach. The Internet makes it extraordinarily easy to find a coach, mentor, or mastermind group that can provide the emotional support, experience, and wisdom to help turn your vision into reality.

  “没有人是与世隔绝的孤岛”和“人多力量大” 这两句俗语可能听起来毫无新意,但这丝毫不能影响到它的正确性。从长远来看,即使有了自律,你还需要和亲近的精神领袖和导师进行交流。常常和他们见面可以大大提升你的斗志,并为你的处理方法提供新的视角。互联网使得我们非常容易就找到教练、导师或智囊团,为我们提供情感支持、经验和智慧,帮助我们把梦想变成现实。

  7. Dishonesty

  不诚实

  As you begin to be successful, you'll be tempted to lie, exaggerate, and deceive in order to move your agenda forward. However, taking the easy way of dishonesty has a tendency to sneak back up on you. In the end, it causes far more problems than taking the risk of telling the truth. True success comes when you are a person of your word, when you have a pure conscience, and when you have not cheated others on your way to the top.

  当你开始向成功努力时,为了不落下进度,你就会撒谎、夸大或是欺骗。然而,这种不诚实往往也会让自己尝到恶果。到最后,比起冒险说出实情,它会引起更多的问题。在通往成功的路上,当你言行一致,当你有一颗纯洁的心灵,当你不去欺骗他人,真正的成功就来了。

  8. Ingratitude

  忘恩负义

  The final pitfall is by far the most dangerous, because it's so easy to miss. When your vision becomes a reality, you arestill a failure if you cannot remember your humble beginnings or recognize the contributions of those who helped you along the way. Remember: There is no such thing as a self-made billionaire. If you can't experience gratitude, you might as well have stayed exactly where you started.

  最后一道陷阱是最危险的,因为我们很容易错过它。当你的远景成为现实以后,如果你忘了刚开始时的谦卑态度,或是不予肯定一路来帮助你的人所做出的贡献,你仍然是一个失败者。记住:天下没有人靠自己就能成为百万富翁的。如果你没有一颗感恩的心,也许你还是待在你最初起步的地方好了。

经典英语励志美文

03
  Dear I, Where Are You? 寻找迷失的自我

  “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” ~Henry David Thoreau

  迷失自我,才能发现自我。——亨利·大卫·梭罗(美国作家及自然主义者)

  Everything about my future was ambiguously assumed. I would get into debt by going to college, then I would be forced to get a job to pay off that debt, while still getting into more and more debt by buying a house and a car. It seemed like a never-ending cycle that had no place for the possibility of a dream.

  我们未来的一切似乎都模糊地设定好了,利用贷款上大学,然后为了还债被迫去找一份工作,还要为了买房买车背负更多的债务……这仿佛是一个无休止的循环,让我们的梦想没有实现的机会。

  I want more—but not necessarily in the material sense of personal wealth and success. I want more out of life. I want a passion, a conceptual dream that wouldn’t let me sleep out of pure excitement. I want to spring out of bed in the morning, rain or shine, and have that zest for life that seemed so intrinsic in early childhood.

  我们想要的更多——并不是对于个人财富和成功等物质性需求,我们对于生活,想要更多。我想要热忱、有概念的梦想,让我不会空怀纯粹的兴奋入睡。我希望能在早晨一跃起床,无论是阳光普照还是刮风下雨,也能对生活充满热情,就像我们的童年时固有的一样。

  We all have a dream. It might be explicitly defined or just a vague idea, but most of us are so stuck in the muck of insecurity and self-doubt that we just dismiss it as unrealistic or too difficult to pursue.

  我们都有梦想,无论它是明确的目标还是模糊的主意,但我们大多数人都受困于不安全和自我怀疑的泥泞里,我们把梦想看做是不现实的、难以追求的,最后放弃了。

  We become so comfortable with the life that has been planned out for us by our parents, teachers, traditions, and societal norms that we feel that it’s stupid and unsafe to risk losing it for the small hope of achieving something that is more fulfilling.

  我们变得满足于父母、老师、传统及社会规条为我们营造的安逸生活。为了那一点点能够为生活变得更充实的希望去冒险,我们会认为这是愚蠢和危险的。

  “The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.” ~Jawaharlal Nehru

  过于谨慎才是最大的危险——贾瓦哈拉尔·尼赫鲁(印度开国总理)

  Taking a risk is still a risk. We can, and will, fail. Possibly many, many, many times. But that is what makes it exciting for me. That uncertainty can be viewed negatively, or it can empower us.

  冒险始终还是有风险。我们,也有可能失败,还有可能是失败很多很多次。但这会让我们更加兴奋。不确定因素看起来有不利,但同时也能激励我们。

  Failing is what makes us grow, it makes us stronger and more resilient to the aspects of life we have no control over. The fear of failure, although, is what makes us stagnant and sad. So even though I couldn’t see the future as clearly as before, I took the plunge in hopes that in the depths of fear and failure, I would come out feeling more alive than ever before.

  失败能让我们成长,让我们更强大,让我们更能适应生活中难以控制的各个方面。对于失败的恐惧,让我们停滞不前,悲伤不已。尽管不能清晰地看见未来,在恐惧和失败的深渊里,我们也要保持希望,那么我们将活得更有生命力。

  If you feel lost, just take a deep breath and realize that being lost can be turning point of finding out who you truly are, and what you truly want to do.

  如果你迷失了自我,请深呼吸,迷失或许能成为你人生的转折点,让你发现真正的自己,并让你知道自己想真正成为怎样的人。