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想要做的事情

(2008-11-20 17:31:05)
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想要做的事情

  长大后,我们住在乡下。这里的住家不多。我和哥哥每天都要步行去公交车站,每天都要路过一条车道,那里有一块标牌,写着“wanna Do's”。

  我们常常想弄清那个标牌的意思。有一次我们沿着有标牌的车道走下去,但是只看到树木和延伸的车道,只好离开那里,不然,就要错过我们的班车了。我哥哥说英语字典里没有“wanna”这个字。他认为车道是过去运送圆木用的,没人住在前面。我问他标牌的问题,他并不在意。他说那可能是一家运输公司的名字。

  我还是很好奇。接下来几个星期,每天路过那条路,我都会看看标牌,想知道它意味着什么。之后的星期六,我出去散步,当然又来到了有标牌的车道。我没在意哥哥的想法,大着胆子走上车道。走了半里多路,开始相信哥哥是对的。周围除了树木什么都没有。接着我来到了一片花团锦簇的田野。真漂亮啊,我非常吃惊。真希望哥哥能和我一起看到这片田野。车道穿过田野继续向前延伸,于是我继续走下去。当我转过拐角的时候,惊奇地看到一幢两层楼的木屋。那不是普通的木屋。木屋的前面全是窗户,还有一个大车库,前面停着一辆汽车。

  这是我以前从来没有看见过的地方。我听到屋内传来音乐声,就毫不犹豫地走上前敲门。听到来到门口的脚步声,我一时想到也许应该离开这里。但是,不等我转身,门开了,门口站着一位绅士。“嗨,年轻的姑娘,我能为你做什么?”他问。我还没来得及回答,就听见一位妇女的声音问,“有人在外面吗,享利?”接着,她也来到门口丈夫的身边。他们都奇怪地看着我,我敢肯定他们在用不信任的目光打量着我。我站在那里没说话,想到我来的目的,大脑又活起来。我说,“你们的标牌‘Wanna Do's ’是什么意思?我每天走去车站都看见你们的标牌。我一直想知道是什么意思。 ”

  他们一起笑起来。我顿感轻松。“请进来,亲爱的。”那位叫埃尔莎的妇女说。我们坐在满是窗户的大房间里,享利开始给我讲他的故事。

  “我和埃尔萨工作了很多年。刚参加工作的时候,我们都很热爱自己的工作。然而,许多年过去了,我们对世事的发展感到失望。我们发现自己的债务越聚越多,我们发现自己居住的地区已经变成一座混凝土城市。房子越盖越多,路上的车也越来越多。”

  埃尔莎开朗地笑着说:“是的,我们原来开车去上班只要半个小时,由于开车上路的人那么多,很快就发现仅仅为了去上班就要花一个多小时的时间。”

  享利大声地说道:“我们过去常用把那样的新家称为‘伸手触摸邻居’,因为每家都挨得那么近,一探头就能看见邻居的窗内。“

  埃尔莎接着说道:“我们俩都感到厌倦了,工作再也不能令我们感到心满意足。因此,我们打定主意还清帐单。我们都有个人爱好的事,也都想做这些事。所以,我们卖掉房子,搬到这里。我们在那条路的尽头挂上标牌,是用来提醒自己,能做自己想做的事是多么幸运的事。很多年了,我们过自己的日子,做别人要我们做的事情。”她笑着说:“享利过去常说我们过自己的日子,做‘总得做的事情’,那种生活是‘总得做的事情’的简称!”

  我想到他们想做的事情,于是插话道:“但这不现实。生活中总有一些需要我们去做,并且必须做的事情,我们不能总是做我们想做的事情!”

  埃尔莎答道:“我同意。不过,审视一下自己的生活,你的时间是主要用来做不得不做的事情,还是做你想做的事情?有些人还没分清‘想做的事情’到底是什么。我和享利很幸运,我们知道自己的爱好是什么。我们想做的事情是什么!我想对那些不知道的人说,别放弃——继续寻找。盘点生活中的一切,你只有一次机会!坐下来,认真想想你喜欢的是什么。听听讲座,看看书,找到自己的爱好,自己‘想做的事情’。”

  我再次插话道:“可是,有人会说,我没有时间,我正忙着做我‘总得做的事情’。”

  享利立刻回答道:“那么,那些人需要听听时间管理的课,或者读一本关于时间管理的书。想办法抽时间去听那个课,试着做一件你早就想做的事情。人们应该听这门课的原因是要学会抽出时间做他们想做的事情。时间管理课程不应该用来学会抽时间做他们眼前正在做的同样的事情!”

  “享利,”埃尔莎说:“我们给客人看看我们想做的事情!”

  “好主意”,享利说。

  他们带我出去到车库。享利配置了各种工具,制做了很多木制产品。他兴高彩烈地给我展示着自己的作品。那是真正的艺术品。接着,埃尔莎带我到后面的房间。房间到处都是彩色玻璃片。阳光透过窗户照进来,反射出它们的光彩。我为他们俩的作品而震惊。“你们在哪里学会做这些的?”我问他们。

  享利答道:“开始这只是个兴趣。我们看书,参观工艺博览会,买了这些东西。接着,某一天,我们想为什么自己不做呢!要知道,你能做任何自己认定能做的事情。你能做是因为你相信自己能做!于是,我们开始动手做。看到我们的作品,人们开始表现出兴趣。于是,我们离开大城市,搬到这里。如今,我们起床不需要闹钟叫。我们热爱自己的工作,太阳一升起来,就起床了。生活中的压力不存在了。你能看到,我们没有多少奢侈品,但我们有一个温暖的家,我们对自己的家感到非常满意。”

  在他们的工房看着他们,看着他们的微笑,我明白了“想要做的事情”的标牌含义。他们都非常热爱自己的工作。我感谢他们和我分享了他们“想要做的事情”,心满意足地离开了他们。

  你“想要做的事情”是什么?

  你在做吗?如果在做,很好!

  如果不在做,你设立了什么目标,让自己转到

  你“想做的事情”上来?

Wanna Do's

Growing up, we lived in the country. There were not many houses in the area. My brother and I would walk to the bus stop every day. And every day we would pass by a driveway that had a sign saying, "Wanna Do's".

We often wondered what the sign meant. Once we walked down the driveway where the sign was but all we could see was more driveway and trees. We had to leave or we would miss our bus. My brother pointed out that there was no word in the English dictionary that spelled "wanna". He figured the driveway was an old logging road and that no one lived down there. I questioned him about the sign but he didn't care. He said it was probably the name of a logging company.

I was still curious. The following week every day as we passed the driveway I would look at the sign and wonder about what it meant. The following Saturday, I went out for a walk and of course came upon the sign and the driveway. Not caring what my brother thought, I ventured down the driveway. I walked for more than a half a mile. I was beginning to believe my brother was right. There was nothing around but trees. I then came upon a field full of flowers. It was was beautiful. I was so amazed. I wished my brother was with me to see this field. The driveway continued through the field, so I kept walking. Then, as I turned the corner, I was amazed to see a 2 story log home. It was not your usual log home. The front of this home was all windows. There was a large garage and a car parked in front of it.

The place was unlike any I had every seen before. I could hear music coming from the house. Without thinking, I went up to the door and knocked. I could hear footsteps coming to the door, and for a second I thought maybe I should leave. But, before I could turn, the door opened and there stood a gentleman. "Well, young lady what can I do for you?" he asked. Before I could answer, I could hear a woman's voice saying "Is that someone at the door Henry?" She then joined her husband at the door. They were both looking at me strangely, and I am sure the look on my face was one of disbelief. I stood there saying nothing, thinking of the question, what was I doing there. Then my brain started to work again and I said, "Your sign, 'Wanna Do's', what does it mean? Every day I walk to the bus stop and see your sign. I have always wondered what it means?"

They both started to laugh. I immediately felt at ease. "Come in my dear", said the woman. Who was called Elsa. We sat down in the large room of windows and Henry started to tell me his story.

"For many years Elsa and I worked. When we first started working we both loved our jobs. However, as the years went on we became disillusioned with the ways things were done. We found ourselves going further into debt and we found the area we were living in was becoming a concrete city. More and more houses being built, more and more traffic on the roads."

Elsa laughed and said, "Yes, we used to drive to work in a half an hour, but with so many people moving in the area, we soon found it was taking us over an hour just to get to work."

Henry then piped up and said, "We used to call the new homes, 'reach out and touch your neighbor', as the homes were so close to each other. You would look out your window and you would be looking into your neighbors window."

Elsa then picked up the conversation, stating, "We were both getting tired, going to jobs that no longer satisfied us. So we set a goal to pay off our bills. We both had hobbies and we both wanted to work on them. So we sold our house and moved here. We hung that sign at the end of our driveway to remind us how lucky we were to be able to do what we wanted to do. For many years we lived our life doing what others wanted us to do." She laughed and said, "Henry used to say we are living our life doing our 'gotta to do's', and that life is to short for gotta to do's!

Thinking about their wanna do's, I then butted in, "But it is not realistic. There are certain things we need and have to do in life, we can't always do what we want to do!"

Elsa replied, "I agree. But when you look at your life, the majority of your time is spent doing things you have to do or the majority of your time is spent doing what you want to do? Some people haven't figured out what there 'wanna dos' actually are. Henry and I are lucky we know what our passions are. What our wanna dos are! To those people who don't know, I would say don't give up - keep looking. Pack all there is into your life; you only pass this way once! Sit back and think what is it you enjoy. Take courses, read books, find your passion, your 'wanna do's'."

Again, I butted in, "But some people would say, I don't have time, I am too busy doing my 'gotta dos'."

Henry quickly replied, "Then those people need to take a time management course, or read a book on time management. Find a way to make time to take that course, to try that one thing you have always wanted to do. The reason people should take this course is to make time to do the things that they want to do. A time management course should not be taken to make time to do more of the same things they are currently doing!"

"Henry," Elsa said, "lets show our guest our wanna do's!"

"Good idea", said Henry.

They took me out to the garage. Henry had his tools set up and there were many wooden items he had built. He beamed as he showed them to me. They truly were works of art. Elsa then took me into the back room. In this room there were beautiful stain glass pieces all around. The sun streaming in the windows reflected off them all. I was amazed at the pieces the two of them made. "Where did you learn to do this", I asked them.

Henry replied, "Well initially it was just an interest. We read books, we went to craft fairs and bought the items. But then one day we figured why can't we do it! You know, you can do anything you decide you can do! You can do it because you believe you can do it! So we practiced, and people started expressing interest when they saw our work. So we left the big city and we moved here. Now we don't need an alarm clock to get up. We enjoy our work so much we get up when the sun comes up. The stress in our life is non-existent. As you can see, we don't have a lot of luxuries but we have a comfortable home and we are very content here."

Seeing them in their workshop, seeing their smiles, made me understand the "wanna do's" sign. Both of them enjoyed their work immensely. I thanked them for sharing their "wanna do's" with me and left with a feeling of contentment.

 

What are your "wanna do's?"
Are you doing it? If so, great!
If not, what goals have you set to move you in the direction of
your "WANNA DO'S"?

 

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