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双语美文 | 想要成长,就必须去“乘风破浪”

2020-09-02 19:38:38  每日学英语

There are two basic ways to see growth: one as a product, the other as a process. People have generally viewed personal growth as an external result or a product that can easily be identified and measured. The worker who gets a rise, the student whose grades improve, the foreigner who learns a new language-all these examples of people who have measurable results to show for their efforts.

看待成长有两种基本方法:一种是看成果,另一种是看过程。人们通常把个人成长看成外部结果或者是一种容易识别和度量的结果。获得加薪的工人,成绩提高的学生,学会一种新语言的外国人--所有这些都是获得可度量成果而显示出他们付出努力的例子。

 

By contrast, the process of personal growth is much more difficult to determine, since it is a journey and not the specific signposts or landmarks along the way. The process is not the road itself, but the attitudes, feelings people have, and their caution or courage, as they meet with new experiences and unexpected difficulties. In this process, the journey never really ends; there are always new ways to experience the world, new ideas to try, new challenges to accept.

相比之下,个人成长的过程则难以确定,因为它是一种历程,不是沿途 明确的路标或地标。过程不是道路本身,而是人们在遇到新的经历和意外的困难时,表现出的态度、感受、谨慎或勇气。在这个过程中,历程从没有真的结束;总是有新的方式来体验世界,新的想法去尝试,新的挑战去迎接。

 

In order to grow, to travel new roads, people need to have a willingness to take risks, to face the unknown, and to accept the possibility that they may “fail” at first. How we see ourselves as we try a new way of being is necessary for our ability to grow. Do we see ourselves as quick and curious? If so, we tend to take more chances and be more open to unfamiliar experiences. Do we think we’re shy and indecisive? Then our sense of fear can cause us to hesitate, to move slowly, and we think we are slow to adapt change or that we’re not smart enough to deal with a new challenge. Then we are likely to take a more passive role or not try at all.

为了成长,为了踏上新的路程,人们要有一种冒险的意愿,去面对未知世界,并且接受起初失败的可能性。当我们尝试一种新的生活方式的时候,我们怎样看待自己,这对于培养我们的成长能力至关重要。我们觉得自己感觉敏锐、求知欲强吗?如果是这样,我们就倾向于冒更多的险,更容易涉足陌生的经历。我们觉得自己胆怯和犹豫不决吗?那么我们的畏惧感就可能使我们优柔寡断,行动迟缓,认为自己适应变化慢,而且在应付新的挑战时不够聪明。这样我们就更有可能担当二种更加被动的角色,或者根本连试也不试一下。

These feelings of insecurity and self-doubt are both unavoidable and necessary if we are to change and grow. If we protect ourselves too much, then we stop growing. We become trapped inside a shell of our own making.

如果我们要改变,要成长,这些犹豫不决的感觉和自我怀疑,都是不可避免的,也是必需的。如果自我保护意识过强,我们就停止了成长。我们就陷进了自己设置的保护壳里。

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