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The Same happiness

(2010-08-02 21:50:33)





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                                    The Same Happiness

                                                          --- by Ann

      Being able to work or help others is happiness. Rejoicing in the limitless curiosity is also happiness.

     The reasons I like this article are the three:

      1) I have the same rule: work, beauty, truth, love. My motto is enjoying the work and enjoying the life. I love working, but I don't think that work is all and it's only one of the most important parts in my life.

     2) I have the same childhood ---I'm the oldest of the four in my family. I took care of them, cooking, washing, combing hair, teaching lessons or games, even fighting for them. But the little difference is that I was just like the commander who led the soldiers. My three sisters have been in love with me. Wherever or whenever they need, I will be with them. Nobody dared to bully us though we were all girls. From then on, I've been believing that union is strength.

    3) About the view of a value view of being a useful and helpful human being. I agree that “The great tragedy of life is not to be needed.”, but I can't always meet the need of all the people that I The <wbr>Same <wbr>happinesscan help because of my work rules, my limited time, energy and money. I’m not God.“God helps those who help themselves.” Sometimes I have to say “Sorry.” or “No.”  Of course I've been ready to help others as long as I can do.



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                              Three O’ Cat is still a Game


                                                          ---By LILLIAN BUENO MCCUE

What do I believe? What laws do I live by? There are so many answers---work, beauty, truth, love---and I hope I do live by them.

  But everyday things I live by the light of a supplementary set of laws. I’d better call them rules of thumb. Rules of thumb aren’t very grand, but they do make the wheels go round.




My father and mother sent me to good schools, but the finest ting they did for my education was to have seven children. I was the oldest, and my brothers and sisters were my best teachers.

  I learned first to pull my own weight in the boat. Kids making a bob-sled have no use for the loafer who wants a free ride. Neither has the world. I learned to make the bed I slept in, and wash the glass I used, and mend what I broke, and mop up where I spilled. And I f I was too lazy or too dainty or too busy, and left it for someone else, somebody else soon taught me different.  



   Then, the same way, I learned that anger is a waste. It hurts nobody but me. A fit of sullens got short shrift in our house. It wasn’t pulling my own weight in the boat. It was spoiling spot. And among seven children it got me nowhere. It might reduce four o’ cat to three o’ cat, but the game went on just the same, and where was I? Out of it. Better go in and join the group around the piano and forget my grievance. Better still, next time don’t fling down my boat in a tantrum; keep my temper, and stay in the game.


   Here’s a rule of thumb that’s important, and the older I get, the more I think it is. When I can do something, and someone wants me to do it, I have to do it. The great tragedy of life is not to be needed. As long as you are able and willing to do things for people, you will be needed. Of course you are able; and if so, you can’t say no. My mother is seventy-seven. In seventy-seven years she has never said no. Today she is so much in demand by thirteen grandchildren and countless neighbors that her presence is eagerly contended for. When I want to see her I have to pretend emergency.


  Then there's the rule of curiosity. Your body would die if you stopped feeling hunger and thirst, and your mind will die if you lose your curiosity. This I learned from my father. My father was a naturalist. He could see the beetle under the bark, and draw it forth unharmed for us to squint at through the magnifying glass. He sampled the taste of thirty-three different caterpillars. Fired by his example, once, my sister ate an ant. In case you are wondering, caterpillars taste like the grass leaves they eat, and ants taste of lemon. I personally haven't tasted any entomological specimens lately, but I am still rejoicing in the limitless curiosity, that draws me to books and people and places. I hope I never lose it. It would be like pulling down the blind.

另外还有好奇心的法则。如果你不再觉得饥饿和干渴,你的身体就停止工作了;如果你不再有好奇心,你的思想就停止工作了。这一点我是从父亲那里学到的。我的父亲是个博物学家。他能看到树皮下的甲虫,把它毫发无损地捉下来给我们用放大镜看。他尝过三十三种不同毛虫的味道。在他的鼓舞下,一次,我的妹妹吃了一只蚂蚁。如果你们想知道它们的滋味如何,我告诉你们,毛虫的味道就像它们吃的树叶,而蚂蚁的味道则像柠檬。近来我本人未尝过任何昆虫标本的味道,但我仍然为我无穷的好奇心而感到欣喜,因为正是它敦促我博览群书,培养了我喜欢与人交往、爱好旅行的习惯。我 希望自己永远都有这种好奇心,因为没有它,那就像是放下窗帘,窗外的风景就完全欣赏不到了。


  Finally, there is the rule of happiness. Happiness is a habit. I was taught to cultivate it. A big stomach-ache, or a big heart-ache, can interrupt happiness, but neither can destroy it unless I permit. My mother wouldn’t have unhappy faces moping about the place. If it was stomach-ache, she dosed it. If it was heart-ache, she administered love and understanding and lots of interesting things to do, and soon the sun came out again. Even the heartbreaks that can’t really be mended, even those seem to yield to the habit of finding happiness in doing things, in love and in the memory of love. I hope that I never lose that habit either. It would be like putting out the light. 


 So I learned to live, by the great laws, and those little rules of thumb. I wouldn’t take millions dollars or any one of them, or a million times that for the years at home that taught them to me.






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