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YOUTH

发表于2004/10/26 21:45:00  1091人阅读

分类: 积极人生

前天晚上绕着公司外面跑了两个半小时,跑到一个半小时的时候开始感觉到脚板疼痛了,看着漆黑的夜空,想起一个个运动员所超越的所谓的极限,想起电视里被日本人用烧红的烙铁折磨的军官,想起大唐双龙传中背着子陵,赤脚走过烧红的木炭的寇仲,问我自己,如果有一天我也遇到这种情况,是否能够坚持下去?我想咬紧牙,也许能够坚持下去吧。想起在川大晚上提水的时候手被开水烫伤依然没有放下水瓶,想起前几天吃火锅夹菜时拿碗的左手被滚烫的火锅油烧掉一块皮,当时感到一种彻心透骨的疼痛,咬紧牙,放下碗和水瓶的时候,被烫的地方就红了,过一会儿就起了水泡。想起初中的时候手拉着一个朋友上一米多高的墙,还没上来的时候害怕自己掉下去,我就放手了,想起那件事情我一直很愧疚,实在是对不住这个初中三年的同窗朋友,后来再一次在苏州乐园拉一个同事从1.7米的游泳池下面上来的时候,又想起那个同学从我手中掉到地上"啪"的一声响的情形,打死我也不会再放手。

大四上生命科学课的时候老师讲,一个人在出生的时候,它的很多东西,包括性格和命运就已经决定了。后来听人说,一个人在取了名字的时候,他的命运就决定了。我一直都不太赞同这个观点,直到跑完这两个小时的时候。

一个知心朋友说很快她就再也不能扎麻花辫了。我告诉她,你可以扎的。又一次,读到Samuel的青春,感受到一股档不住的力量在前行。


YOUTH

Samuel Ullman

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of
rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a
quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of
the deep springs of life.

Youth means a tempera-mental predominance of courage over timidity, of the
appetite for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of
60 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We
grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spring back to dust.

Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder,
the unfailing childlike appetite of what’s next and the joy of the game of
living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless
station: so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and
power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism
and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at 20, but as long as
your aerials are up, to catch waves of optimism, there is hope you may die
young at 80.

 

青春

塞缪尔·厄尔曼

青春不是年华,而是心境;青春不是桃面、丹唇、柔膝,而是深沉的意志,恢宏的想象,炙热的恋情;青春是生命的深泉在涌流。

青春气贯长虹,勇锐盖过怯弱,进取压倒苟安。如此锐气,二十后生而有之,六旬男子则更多见。年岁有加,并非垂老,理想丢弃,方堕暮年。

岁月悠悠,衰微只及肌肤;热忱抛却,颓废必致灵魂。忧烦,惶恐,丧失自信,定使心灵扭曲,意气如灰。

无论年届花甲,拟或二八芳龄,心中皆有生命之欢乐,奇迹之诱惑,孩童般天真久盛不衰。人人心中皆有一台天线,只要你从天上人间接受美好、希望、欢乐、勇气和力量的信号,你就青春永驻,风华常存。

一旦天线下降,锐气便被冰雪覆盖,玩世不恭、自暴自弃油然而生,即使年方二十,实已垂垂老矣;然则只要树起天线,捕捉乐观信号,你就有望在八十高龄告别尘寰时仍觉年轻。

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