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  • 作者:王墩田/编译    日期:2008-7-22 15:33:27
  •   It was June 15, and in two days I would be turning thirty. I was insecure about entering a new decade of my life and feared that my best years were now behind me.
      My daily routine included going to the gym for a workout before going to work. Every morning I would see my friend Nicholas at the gym. He was seventy-nine years old and in terrific shape. As I greeted Nicholas on this particular day, he noticed I wasn’t full of my usual vitality and asked if there was anything wrong. I told him I was feeling anxious about turning thirty. I wondered how I would look back on my life once I reached Nicholas’s age, so I asked him, “What was the best time of your life?”
      Without hesitation, Nicholas replied, “Well, Joe, this is my philosophical answer to your philosophical question:
      “When I was a child in Austria and everything was taken care of for me and I was nurtured by my parents, that was the best time of my life.
      “When I was going to school and learning the things I know today, that was the best time of my life.
      “When I got my first job and had responsibilities and got paid for my efforts, that was the best time of my life.
      “When I met my wife and fell in love, that was the best time of my life.
      “The Second World War came, and my wife and I had to flee Austria to save our lives. When we were together and safe on a ship bound for North America, that was the best time of my life.
      “When we came to Canada and started a family, that was the best time of my life.
      “When I was a young father, watching my children grow up, that was the best time of my life.
      “And now, Joe, I am seventy-nine years old. I have my health, I feel good and I am in love with my wife just as I was when we first met. This is the best time of my life.”
      

      今天是6月15日。再有两天,我就到三十而立之年了。即将进入我人生的又一个十年,我对此感到迷茫,担心我的黄金岁月现在已经离我而去了。
      我每天的常规工作包括在上班前去体育馆做一个测验。每天早晨在体育馆我都会遇到我的朋友尼古拉斯,他已经79岁了,形容枯槁。
      在这个特殊的日子里,当我向尼古拉斯问候时,他注意到我不像往常那样充满活力,于是问我,是否有什么问题。我告诉他对于即将而立我很担忧。我想知道一旦我到了尼古拉斯这个年纪如何回忆我的生活,因此,我就问他:“你生命中最美好的时刻是什么时候?”
      尼古拉斯毫不犹豫地回答说,“嗯,乔,这就是我对于这个哲学式问题的哲学式回答:
       “孩提时代,我在奥地利,所有我的一切都被无微不至地照顾着,我被父母养育着,那是我人生最美好的时刻。”
      “当我要上学学习我今天所知的知识的时刻,那是我人生最美好的时刻。”
      “当我得到我的第一份工作,有了职责,努力获得薪酬,那便是我人生最美好的时刻。”
      “当我遇到我的妻子并陷入爱河,那就是我人生最美好的时刻。”
      “二战爆发,为保全性命,我和我的妻子不得不逃离奥地利。当我们一起坐在船上,安全驶往北美的时候,那就是我人生最美好的时刻。”
      “当我们到达加拿大并开始组建一个家庭的时候,那就是我人生最美好的时刻。”
      “当我年纪轻轻做了父亲,看着儿女长大成人,那就是我人生最美好的时刻。”
      “现在,乔,我已七十有九,我健康,感觉不错,并且像第一次遇到时一样爱着我的妻子,这就是我人生最美好的时刻。”

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