伐木工的故事 The Woodcutter

2020年6月13日
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Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so was the work condition. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

从前,有一个非常强壮的伐木工在一个木材商那里找工作,他得到了一份工作。工资很高,工作条件也很好。由于这些原因,伐木工下定决心尽他最大的努力去工作。

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees. “Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”

他的老板给了他一把斧头,并指明他应该工作的区域。第一天,伐木工带来了18棵树。“恭喜你,” 老板说。“就这么继续干!”

Very motivated by the boss words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees.

老板的话激励了他,伐木工第二天更加努力了,但他只能带回15棵树。

The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.

第三天,他更加努力,但他只能带回了10棵树。一天又一天,他带回的树越来越少。

“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

伐木工想:“一定是我的力气变得越来越小了。” 他去找老板道歉,说他不明白发生了什么事。

“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.

“你最后一次磨斧子是什么时候?” 老板问。

“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”

“磨斧子?我没有时间磨斧子。我一直忙着砍树……”

Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the “axe”.

我们的生活就是这样。我们有时太忙了,忙到没有时间磨利“斧子”。

In life, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy than ever. Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay “sharp”?

在生活中,似乎每个人都比以前更忙,但却没有以前快乐。这是为什么呢?是不是我们忘了如何保持“斧子的锋利”?

There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But we should not get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like our personal life, taking time to get close to those we love, giving more time to our families, and taking time to read etc.

行动起来和努力工作并没有什么错。但是我们不应该忙到忽略生活中真正重要的事情,比如我们的个人生活,花时间去亲近我们爱的人,花更多的时间去陪伴家人,花时间去读书等等。

We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow. If we don’t take the time to sharpen the “axe”, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness.

我们都需要时间来放松,来思考和冥想,来学习和成长。如果我们不花时间磨利“斧子”,我们就会变得迟钝,没有效率。

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