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Flaws

(2007-11-18 16:16:30)
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                          瑕疵
A water bearer in India had two pots,each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck.One of the pots had a crack in it,and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house,the cracked pot arrived only half full.
    一个印度挑水工有两只大水罐,他把水罐挂在扁担的两头,挑在肩上,其中一只水罐有一条裂缝,而另一只水罐完好无损。挑水工每次从很远的小溪跳水回到主人的家时,完好的水罐总能盛回来满满的一罐水,而有裂缝的那只每次只能盛回半罐子水。
  For a full two years this went on daily,whit the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master's house.Of course,the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments,perfect to the end for which it was own made.But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection,and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
    整整两年,挑水工每天都只能挑着一罐半的水回到主人家。当然,那只完好的水罐为自己的成就感到骄傲,因为它完美得实现了自己的用途。而那只可怜的有裂缝的水罐因自己的不完美而感到十分惭愧,对于自己只能够完成一办的任务,心里一直很难过。
  After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure,it spoke to the water bearer one day be the stream."i'm ashamed of myself ,and i want to apologize to you.""Why?""asked the bearer."What are you ashamed of?""i have been able,for these past two years,to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side cause water to leak out all you have to do all of this work,and you don't get full value from your efforts,"the pot said.
    经过两年痛苦的失败之后,有一天,那只有裂缝的水罐在小戏旁对挑水工说;“我为自己感到惭愧,我想象你道歉。”挑水工问;“你为什么要感到惭愧?”水罐答道:“在过去的两年里我只能运送一半的水,因为在你回主人家的路上,水一直从我身上的裂缝中渗出,你尽了自己的全力,但由于我的缺陷,你没有得到你应得的回报。”
  The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot,and in this his compassion he said,"As we return to the master's house,i want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."
    挑水工对那只破旧的水罐感到同情,他怜悯地说:“在我们回主人家的路上,我希望你注意小路旁那些美丽的花儿。”
  Indeed ,as they went up the hill,the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path,and this cheered it some.But at the end of the trail,it still felt bad because it had leaked out half of its load,and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.
    当他们上山时,那只破旧的水罐果然看见温暖的阳光正照耀着路旁美丽的野花,这使它感到一丝快乐。但是走到最后的时候,它还是觉得难过,因为它又那半罐子水漏出来了,水罐再次为自己的过失向挑水工道歉。
  The bearer said to the pot,"Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path,but not on the other pot's side?That's because i have always known about your flaw,and i took advantage of it.I planted flower seeds on your side of the path,and every day while we walk back from the stream ,you're watered them.For two years i have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table.Without you being iust the way you are,he would not have this beauty to grace his house.
    挑水工说:“难道你没有注意到刚才那些美丽的花儿只长在你那一边,却没有长在另一边?我早就知道你的瑕疵,并且利用了它。我在你这一边撒下了花种,于是霉天我们从小溪边回来的时候,你就浇灌了他们。两年来,我都能摘下这些美丽的花去装饰我主人的桌子,如果没有你,主人就不会有这么美丽的花朵来美化他的家。”
  Each of us has our own unique flaws.We're all ceacked pots.
    我们每个人都有自己的缺点。我们都是有裂缝的水罐。
  Don't be afraid of your flaws.Acknowledge them,and you too can be the cause of beauty.Know that in our weakness we find our strength.
    但不要害怕自己的缺点。要承认他们,你也能够造就美丽。要知道,我们都能从自己的弱点之中找到力量。

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