2005/05/13 Five Balls of Life

2005/05/13 Five Balls of Life

文章sunny » 週一 5月 16, 2005 5:15 pm

Five Balls Of Life


This was written by the CEO of Coca-Cola Brian G. Dyson.It was used as Georgia Tech's Commencement Address:

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.But the other four balls family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How?

Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as they would be your life, for without them, life is meaningless.  

Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.

Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.

Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give it; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going.

Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.



Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way. Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery and Today is a gift: that’s why we call it ‘The Present’.




本文是喬治亞理工大學畢業典禮上的講詞,作者是可口可樂公司的執行長 Brian G. Dyson。

假使人生像一場遊戲,你耍的是輪流拋接五顆球的雜技。這五顆球你管它叫工作、家庭、健康、朋友和心靈,你必須隨時保持這五顆球在空中。不久你就會明白:工作是橡皮球---即使它掉下來,它還是會彈起來。但是其他四顆叫家庭、健康、朋友和心靈的球都是玻璃做的。如果其中任何一顆球掉下來,它就無可法挽回地留下刮痕、留下記號,留下凹痕、損壞,甚至裂成碎片。它永遠無法恢復到原來的樣子。你必須瞭解這個道理,並且在你的人生當中努力平衡這幾顆球。你該怎麼做?


不要與他人比較而妄自菲薄,因為人人不同,各有特質。

不要訂立一個他人認為重要的目標。只有你自己清楚什麼最適合你。

不要將所有深感興趣的事物都視為理所當然。念茲在茲,彷彿它們是你的生命,因為,沒有這些事物,生命就沒有意義。

不要活在過去,不要活在未來,以致讓生命輕易錯過。活在當下,那麼你就擁有充實的一生。

當你還能有所貢獻,就不要放棄。只要你不放棄,一切就不會結束。

不要怕承認你不夠完美。就是因為不完美這根柔軟的線將我們結合在一起。

不要怕遇到危險。唯有冒險,才能學會勇敢。

不要認為千載難逢而拒絕生命中的真愛。找到真愛最快的方法,就是付出真愛。失去真愛最快的方法,就是把真愛擁抱得太緊。保持真愛最好的方法,就是給他自由。

不要揮霍生命太快,以致於忘了你的過往與未來的方向。

不要忘記一個人在感情上最大的需求是被人欣賞。

不要害怕學習。知識沒有壓力,它是你可以隨身攜帶的寶物。

不要不經意地花費時間或使用語言。兩者都無法彌補回來。

人生不是一場競賽,而是一趟旅程,每一階段都需細細品嚐。



「昨天」已成為歷史,「明天」還未知。「今天」則是個禮物,因為禮物的英文 "present" 也正是「現在」的意思!


主編的話


倪敏然的自殺事件,讓大家在他大起大落的一生中,得到了一些生命的省思,因此配合週六的主題特別選了這篇文章。我把它當作一份禮物送給大家,也祝福所有 YOYO 人在每一個今天都能找到自己生命的禮物。


本文特別感謝 Wayne 撥冗翻譯。
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文章Wayne » 週一 5月 16, 2005 5:26 pm

Wayne不敢掠美--我要說,完成這篇翻譯Lydia有一半的功勞.以下是單字的註釋.

CEO:執行長
Commencement:(n.) 畢業典禮
Address:(n.) 演講
juggling:(n.) 輪流拋接多件東西的雜技
bounce back:(ph. v.) 彈起來
irrevocably:(adv.) 無可挽回地
scuffed:(vt.) 磨損
marked:(vt.) 留下記號
nicked:(vt.) 產生凹痕
shattered:(vt.) 粉碎
strive:(vi.) 努力
deem:(vt.) 認為
closest to your heart:(idiom) 對…格外感興趣
slip through your fingers:(idiom) 讓…輕易錯過
encounter:(vt.)遭遇,遇到
run through:(ph. v.) 揮霍,花光
weightless:(adj.) 無重力的
retrieved:(vt.) 彌補,挽回
Knowledge is power -- when shared.
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文章technobabel » 週一 5月 16, 2005 11:09 pm

Motivational self-help books never seems to go out of style. A matter of supply and demand. The best example is the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Just 7 habits? Well the author added one more habit not too long ago. The fact is effective people probably have more habits than we can count. And the take home message is talents and academic achievements may float your boats. But in the end, it is positive attitude that help you prevail.
I am not abandoning Yoyo, I am just dancing slowly away from it.
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文章David Chen » 週二 5月 17, 2005 12:55 am

看一篇好的翻譯

也是很大的享受~

:wink:
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Re: 2005/05/13 Five Balls of Life

文章Kooper » 週三 4月 30, 2008 5:06 pm

I ran into this article by chance today and would like to share it with people who haven't read it. What I like most are the sentences quoted below:

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.But the other four balls family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same.
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