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Don’t Quit, Keep Playing

A special thought

Sometimes it's not enough just to have you in my life; there are times when I need more of you than you give — more attention, more understanding, maybe even a little more of your time. Please understand. 

The Importance of Being Honest
  In the busy city of New York, such an astonishing thing that ever happened.
  On a Friday night, a poor young artist stood at the gate of the subway station, playing his violin. Though the music was great, people were quickly going home for the weekend. In this case, many of them slowed down their paces and put some money into the hat of the young man.
  The next day, the young artist came to the gate of the subway station, and put his hat on the ground gracefully. Different than the day before, he took out a large piece of paper and laid it on the ground and put some stones on it. Then he adjusted the violin and began playing. It seemed more pleasant to listen to.
  Before long, the young violinist was surrounded with people, who were all attracted by the words on that paper. It said, “Last night, a gentleman named George Sang put an important thing into my hat by mistaken. Please come to claim it soon.”
  Seeing this, it caused a great excitement and people wondered what it could be. After about half an hour, a middle-aged man ran there in a hurry and rushed through the crowd to the violinist and grabbed his shoulders and said, “Yes, it’s you. You did come here. I knew that you’re an honest man and would certainly come here.”
  The young violinist asked calmly, “Are you Mr. George Sang?”
  The man nodded. The violinist asked, “Did you lose something?”
  “Lottery. It’s lottery,” said the man.
  The violinist took out a lottery ticket on which George Sang’s name was seen. “Is it?” he asked.
  George nodded promptly and seized the lottery ticket and kissed it, then he danced with the violinist.
  The story turned out to be this: George Sang is an office clerk. He bought a lottery ticket issued by a bank a few days ago. The awards opened yesterday and he won a prize of $500,000. So he felt very happy after work and felt the music was so wonderful, that he took out 50 dollars and put in the hat. However the lottery ticket was also thrown in. The violinist was a student at an Arts College and had planned to attend advanced studies in Vienna. He had booked the ticket and would fly that morning. However when he was cleaning up he found the lottery ticket. Thinking that the owner would return to look for it, he cancelled the flight and came back to where he was given the lottery ticket.
  Later someone asked the violinist: “At that time you were in needed to pay the tuition fee and you had to play the violin in the subway station every day to make the money. Then why didn’t you take the lottery ticket for yourself?”
  The violinist said, “Although I don’t have much money, I live happily; but if I lose honesty I won’t be happy forever.”
  Through our lives, we can gain a lot and lose so much. But being honest should always be with us. If we bear ourselves in a deceptive and dishonest way, we may succeed temporarily. However, from the long-term view, we will be a loser. Such kind of people are just like the water on the mountain. It stands high above the masses at the beginning, but gradually it comes down inch by inch and loses the chance of going up.
  在繁华的纽约,曾经发生了这样一件震撼人心的事情。
  星期五的傍晚,一个贫穷的年轻艺人仍然像往常一样站在地铁站门口,专心致志地拉着他的小提琴。琴声优美动听,虽然人们都急急忙忙地赶着回家过周末,但还是有很多人情不自禁的放慢了脚步,时不时地会有一些人在年轻艺人跟前的礼帽里放一些钱。
  第二天黄昏,年轻的艺人又像往常一样准时来到地铁门口,把他的礼帽摘下来很优雅地放在地上。和以往不同的是,他还从包里拿出一张大纸,然后很认真地铺在地上,四周还用自备的小石块压上。做完这一切以后,他调试好小提琴,又开始了演奏,声音似乎比以前更动听更悠扬。
  不久,年轻的小提琴手周围站满了人,人们都被铺在地上的那张大纸上的字吸引了,有的人还踮起脚尖看。上面写着:“昨天傍晚,有一位叫乔治?桑的先生错将一份很重要的东西放在我的礼帽里,请您速来认领。”
  见此情景,人群之间引起一阵骚动,都想知道这是一份什么样的东西。过了半小时左右,一位中年男人急急忙忙跑过来,拨开人群就冲到小提琴手面前,抓住他的肩膀语无伦次的说:“啊!是您呀,您真的来了,我就知道您是个诚实的人,您一定会来的。”
  年轻的小提琴手冷静地问:“您是乔治?桑先生吗?”
  那人连忙点头。小提琴手又问:“您遗落了什么东西吗?”
  那位先生说:“奖票,奖票”。
  小提琴手于是掏出一张奖票,上面还醒目地写着乔治?桑,小提琴手举着彩票问:“是这个吗?”
  乔治?桑迅速地点点头,抢过奖票吻了一下,然后又抱着小提琴手在地上跳起了舞。
  原来事情是这样的,乔治?桑是一家公司的小职员,他前些日子买了一张一家银行发行的奖票,昨天上午开奖,他中了50万美元的奖金。昨天下班,他心情很好,觉得音乐也特别美妙,于是就从钱包里掏出50美元,放在了礼帽里,可是不小心把奖票也扔了进去。小提琴手是一名艺术学院的学生,本来打算去维也纳进修,已经定好了机票,时间就在今天上午,可是他昨天整理东西时发现了这张奖票,想到失主会来找,于是今天就退掉了机票,又准时来到这里。
  后来,有人问小提琴手:“你当时那么需要一笔学费,为了赚够这笔学费,你不得不每天到地铁站拉提琴。那你为什么不把那50万元的奖票留下呢?”
  小提琴手说:“虽然我没钱,但我活得很快乐;假如我没了诚信,我一天也不会快乐。”
  在人的一生中,我们会得到许多,也会失去许多,但守信用却应是始终陪伴我们的。如果以虚伪、不诚实的方式为人处世,也许能获得暂时的“成功”,但从长远看,他最终是个失败者。这种人就像山上的水,刚开始的时候,是高高在上,但逐渐逐渐地它就越来越下降,再没有一个上升的机会。
请活出你的精彩
  Life is a gift we're given each and every day.
  Dream about tomorrow, but live for today.
  To live a little, you've got to love a whole lot.
  Love turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.
  生命是一份我们每日都收到的礼物。
  要梦想明天,但要活好今天。
  即便是短暂的人生,你也要付出无限的爱。
  爱让平凡变得精彩。
  Life's a journey always worth taking.
  Take time to smell the rosesand tulips
  and daffodilsand lilacsand sunflowers
  生命永远是一段值得享受的旅程。
  驻足去闻一下花香:玫瑰,郁金香,
  水仙,丁香花,向日葵
  Count blessings like children count stars.
  The secret of a happy life isn't buried in a treasure chest
  It lies within your heart.
  It's the little moments that make life big.
  细数幸福,就像孩子数星星一样。
  幸福人生的秘密并非藏在财宝箱里
  而是埋在你的心底,
  是那些小小的瞬间让生命变得伟大。
  Don't wait. Make memories today.
  Celebrate your life!
  不要等待。今天就留下美好的记忆吧。
  庆祝你的生命吧!
超越卓越的自己
  ConsiderYOU. In all time before now and in all time to come, there has never been and will never be anyone just like you. You are unique in the entire history and future of the universe. Wow! Stop and think about that. You're better than one in a  million, or a billion, or a gazillion
  试想一下……你!一个空前绝后的你,不论是以往还是将来都不会有一个跟你一模一样的人。你在历史上和宇宙中都是独一无二的。哇!想想吧,你是万里挑一、亿里挑一、兆里挑一的。
  You are the only one like you in a sea of infinity!
  在无穷无尽的宇宙中,你是举世无双的!!!
  You're amazing! You're awesome! And by the way, TAG, you're it. As amazing and awesome as you already are, you can be even more so. Beautiful young people are the whimsey of nature, but beautiful old people are true works of art. But you don't become "beautiful" just by virtue of the aging process.
  你是了不起的!你是卓越的!没错,就是你。你已经是了不起的,是卓越的,你还可以更卓越更了不起。美丽的年轻人是大自然的奇想,而美丽的老人却是艺术的杰作。但你不会因为年龄的渐长就自然而然地变得“美丽”。
  Real beauty comes from learning, growing, and loving in the ways of life. That is the Art of Life. You can learn slowly, and sometimes painfully, by just waiting for life to happen to you. Or you can choose to accelerate your growth and intentionally devour life and all it offers. You are the artist that paints your future with the brush of today.
  真正的美丽源于生命里的学习、成长和热爱。这就是生命的艺术。你可以只听天由命, 慢慢地学,有时候或许会很痛苦。又或许你可以选择加速自己的成长,故意地挥霍生活及其提供的一切。你就是手握今日之刷描绘自己未来的艺术家。
  Paint a Masterpiece.
  画出一幅杰作吧!
  God gives every bird its food, but he doesn't throw it into its nest. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do, it's truly up to you.
  上帝给了鸟儿食物,但他没有将食物扔到它们的巢里。不管你想要去哪里,不管你想要做什么,真正做决定的还是你自己。