Author/作者: 杜小雯 (Xiao)
English Editor/英文母语编辑: Isabell （伊莎）
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Chinese – 中文原声 – 杜小雯 （Xiao）
English – 英文原声 – Isabell （伊莎）
Recently, we were asked to stay at home for epidemic prevention. Finally, I am able to spend a lot of time studying Italian, the language of the country where I live. During this time as I settle down to learn a new language, it reminds me of the time when I made up my mind to learn English, in my undergraduate days. I was part of an immortal group of young people who burned the midnight oil, spending time in the study hall, on the 10th floor of the 8th building of Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University. There was an inner feeling of assuredness as I rode my bicycle to return to the dorm late after lights were out in the whole building; the fresh air, the singing birds and the fragrant flowers or practicing pronunciation under a tree, in front of the 3rd building, over and over again. Looking back suddenly, I am truly grateful to myself for focusing on achieving my goals. “Things that hurt you today, will one day make you stronger.” Once upon a time, I never thought that I could master English and gain another perspective in which to interpret the world. Moreover, I did not imagine that I could gain the opportunities to travel to Europe, to study at the best schools of Enology and prove my ability to survive in any other country, or that I would keep challenging myself to go further and further on the road of embracing the unlimited possibilities of life.
When I was a child, my dream was to have a desk. For me, a desk is a reminder to be grateful for everything that I have；more importantly, a reminder that I have the ability within me to master any skill and complete any task. All the tasks started from the moment I sat at my desk. “What disturbs you is not a high mountain far away, but the sand in your shoes.” Most of the time, instead of flinching from a great goal, it is better to start a specific task. When you start to work efficiently, you will feel great about yourself and achieve more things. Most of the time, the power to focus on the present is a huge accomplishment. Enjoy the breath of this moment, pay attention to the thoughts floating in your mind, and feel all the beautiful things around you that deserve gratitude: for example, the warm spring sunshine and the yellow flowers in the garden I am working in at the moment. The world is beautiful, and every step leads us to that place we yearn for. The idea of “there is no wrong decision” is wise: every time you make a decision, there is no right or wrong, you get a different understanding of life, and it helps you to enjoy the present inching ever closer to your sincerest goals.
Liz Murray, 《从无家可归到哈佛大学》的主人公，是我大学时代的心灵导师之一。学习，能建立更好的世界观、创造更好的生活。母亲去世后，重归学校的她，依然无家可归。然而她培养出了能够在任何地点学习的能力。在学校每一天都充满热血，因为她看到了生活悲惨的一面，因为更加能够珍惜学习与改变命运的机会。别人觉得不可能的事情、她都一件件实现了。Liz的励志演讲，不夸张的说，我看了不下数百遍。“小而精而深”，是我在言泰口译班上学到的学习语言的诀窍。反复反复再反复，直到自己能够理解所有的小细节的听力方法。很多时候，少即是多。我很尊重身边有很多想法的人，然而我更尊敬的是能够把一个想法真正执行到底的人。感恩生活，“你所抱怨的当下正很多人的梦想中的明天”，记得每一天都要活出自己最美的样子、伴着自己最爱的歌谣、翩翩起舞。
Liz Murray, the hero of From Homelessness to Harvard, was one of my spiritual mentors in university. Study can build a better world outlook, and thus create a better life. After her mother’s death, she returned to school. She was still homeless, yet she developed the ability to study anywhere. Every day at school was full of great passion, because she had seen the sad parts of life. She cherished the opportunity to learn and change her own fate. She realised that after accomplishing one goal after another, what others would consider impossible, became reality. Liz’s inspirational speech -to be honest, I have watched it hundreds of times- “Small, precise and deep”, this is the secret to mastering a new language, and this is what I took with me to my language class. Listen to the same audio material again and again, until you can understand all the small details. Most of the time, less is more. The same goes for people, I respect people who have a lot of ideas around me, but what I respect more are the ones who can really execute an idea to into something tangible. Remember to be grateful in life, “the present you complain about is the dream tomorrow for many people”, live fully and remember to dance to your favourite song.
Recently, due to the outbreak of the epidemic in various parts of the world, spare time suddenly increased -by a large margin. Of course, we should be especially grateful to the angels in white, those people who are fighting at the frontlines to guard our health through hard work and work ethics. However, as ordinary people who are staying at home as a way contribute toward epidemic prevention, it is very important to make full use of this time to recharge ourselves. At present, is this not the dream amount of time that one yearns for during our working days? Your time is unique in your life and must be treasured. Don’t spend too much time on things you can’t control, and don’t worry about possible consequences; on the contrary, it is necessary to spend time doing something that interests you and improves the skills you have always wanted to improve. In addition to constantly improving our abilities, we can also take more time to meditate and reflect. Life needs harmony and balance, like the kind of beauty found in movement. “Self-discipline gives me freedom” and “the 5-second rule” has brought lots of positive changes to my life. Many ideas flash through our minds, we must learn to implement them in the shortest possible time. Step by step, you can achieve any goal.
Indeed, as written by Friedrich Nietzsche, “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once”!