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Enjoy Life Now, AND Save for Later


来源:高中英语教学交流 发布时间:2012-06-06 11:17:00 查看次数:

内容提要:迟后快乐还是及时行乐,本文给你一个明确的答案。

Enjoy Life Now, AND Save for Later

享受当下,存储未来

Often we're told that we have to suffer now — give up what we want — in order to succeed later, that in order to save we must sacrifice. Give up instant gratification to get delayed gratification.

我们经常被告知为了日后的成功,我们不得不现在忍受痛苦,放弃我们想要的东西,即为了存储,我们现在必须牺牲。为了获得延迟享乐,放弃及时行乐。

But you can do both.

For years, I was confused about this, as I read books and websites that sent me two different messages:

但是你可以二者兼得。

多年以来,我对此一直困惑,因为我阅读过很多书籍,浏览过很多网站,这些书籍和网站传递给我两种不同的信息。

Pleasure later. The first message was that in order to be successful, in order to build wealth, you have to delay gratification. You can't have instant gratification and be successful.

迟后快乐:第一条信息是为了成功,为了创建财富,你就得延迟享乐。

Pleasure now. The second message was usually from other sources on Happiness, but sometimes from the same source: enjoy life now, while you can, because it's short and you never know when your last day will come. Live every day like it's your last. Trouble is, I agree with both messages. And if you read this site often, you’ll see that I send both messages: Live frugally and simply! But also enjoy life!

及时行乐:第二条信息总是来自其他资源,都是关于快乐的,但是有时候来自同一资源:在你可以的时候,享受生活,及时行乐,因为时间短暂,而且你永远也不会知道你的末日是什么时候来临。每天都当成最后一天来过。苦恼的是,这两个观点我都同意。如果你经常去访问这个网站,你会看到我发送了两条信息:节约且简单地生活!但是也要享受生活!

That's because I've reconciled the two philosophies into one: Live life now and enjoy it to the fullest — without destroying your future. The key to doing that? Find ways to enjoy life completely, utterly, maximally … that don’t cost your future very much.

那是因为我已经把两种生活观调和为一:当下过生活并最大限度地享受生活—不会毁了你的前程。这样做的关键是什么?找到彻底、最大限度享受生活的方法,这是不会花费你太多前程的。

Here are some tips for actually living that philosophy:

这里有几点关于真正实践这种生活观的提醒:

Find free or cheap pleasures. Frugality does not have to be boring or restrictive … if you use your imagination. Be creative and find ways to have fun — loads of it — without spending much money. Have a picnic at the park, go to the beach, do crafts, board games, fly a kite, make art, bake cookies … I could list a hundred things, and you could come up with a few hundred more. Make a list of simple pleasures, and enjoy them to the maximum. This is the key to the whole idea of enjoying life now without spending tomorrow's dollar. See Savor the Little Things

找到自由或廉价的快乐:如果你用你的想象力,节俭并非一定无聊或受约束的。创新找到愉快的方法,很多,可以不花很多的钱。比如,在公园搞一次野餐,去一趟海边,动手做工艺品,玩玩棋类游戏,放放风筝,画画,烘烤点心。。。我可以列举出一百件事情,你可以想出一百多个点子。列出一个简单快乐的清单,并且最大限度地享受它们。这是无需花销明天的钱及时行乐的观念的关键。

Make simplifying fun. I'm a big fan of simplifying my life, from decluttering to creating a simple lifestyle in every way. And to me, this is great fun. I get rid of stuff (and possibly make money selling it) and have a blast doing it. That’s good math.

制造简单化的快乐:我是一个简化生活的热衷者,从整理物品到用各种方法创建一种简单的生活方式。对于我来说,这是最大的快乐。我丢弃一些不用的东西(有可能靠卖掉这些东西挣钱)并且很开心做这件事。那是道很好的数学题。

Rediscover what’s important. Oftentimes we spend tons of money, shopping, going out, watching movies, eating out … without really enjoying life. And when we stop to think about it, we never have time for the things we really want to do. Well, that's probably because your life is filled with things that aren't very important to you. Instead, step back and really think about what’s important to you. Then get rid of the other (expensive) stuff, and focus on what's important. Listen to some stuff on my list: my wife and kids, other friends and family, reading, writing, exercising, volunteering, spending quiet time in contemplation. Guess how many of those things cost a lot of money? Read more here .

重新发现什么是重要的:我们时常花费大量的钱去购物、外出、看电影、外出吃饭。。。但并没有真正享受生活。当我们停下来仔细想想,我们永远都没有时间去做我们真正想做的事情。那么,那可能是因为你的生活充满了很多对你不是很重要的事情。相反,退回来,真正地考虑一下什么对你来说是重要的。然后,放弃别的(昂贵的)物件,关注什么是重要的。研究一下在我的清单上的物件:我妻子和孩子们、别的朋友和家人、阅读、写作、志愿活动、花很多时间苦思冥想。猜想一下有多少这类的事情会花很多钱呢?多多阅读吧。

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