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英语美文一步一个脚印
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在抬起一只脚和落下另一只脚之间的短短几秒钟里享受人生。

  初到西点军校的时候,我只有22岁,是系里最年轻的讲师。当时二战已经结束,美国经济蒸蒸日上。我觉得人生就像一场盛宴刚开始,美味佳肴会不断出现,错过一两道菜也没关系,后面肯定还有更好的。但拉尔夫中尉改变了我的人生观。

  系主任派我去机场接一位应邀来做演讲的二战英雄——拉尔夫中尉。他曾在二战中奋不顾身地救护战友,并因此获得了铜星奖章。拉尔夫中尉只比我大几岁,跟我一样喜欢棒球和摇滚乐。相互介绍后,我陪拉尔夫去机场大厅取他的行李。从登机口到大厅只要5分钟的路,但我们却走了至少20分钟,因为中尉走几步就会对我说“请稍等”。

  第一次说“稍等”是因为一个老婆婆的行李从手推车上掉了下来,拉尔夫过去帮她放好;第二次“稍等”的时候,他把两个小孩子分别举起来,好让他们看到窗外跑道上准备起飞的飞机;第三次和第四次是为了拉我去欣赏墙上的两幅印象派油画;第五次是停下来跟一个风趣的机场清洁员聊几句……而每次“稍等”之后,拉尔夫的脸上都会露出甜甜的微笑,好像刚刚吃了最美味的巧克力蛋糕一样。

  说实话,我不止一次来过军校附近的斯图尔特机场,但每次都匆匆而过。印象中这是一个简陋拥挤的机场。我甚至不知道通道两边的墙上挂满了名家捐赠的油画。跟着拉尔夫,我第一次发现周围有那么多需要帮助的人,第一次注意到周围有那么多有趣的事。我好奇地问中尉:“你从小就是这样的吗?”

  “你问我是不是很早就懂得享受生命的每一刻?”拉尔夫摇摇头,“不,入伍之前我也觉得人生长着呢,即使错过什么,以后也总有机会弥补。但战争教给我另外一种态度。”接着中尉解释说,他所在的小分队负责清除地雷,很多次他亲眼看见刚刚还走在身边的战友被炸得面目全非。

  “那时候,我们的生命是用一步的长度来丈量的,每一脚都有可能踏进死神的领地。慢慢地,我学会了在抬起一只脚和落下另一只脚之间的短短几秒钟里享受人生,我学会了在迈出下一步之前认真端详周围的世界,因为这一步说不定就是我生命的最后一步。只要你愿意,每一步都是新生活的开始,都会带来一个新世界。”


Enjoy life in a few seconds between lifting one foot and falling the other foot.


When I first arrived in West Point, I was only 22 years old, the youngest lecturer in the Department. At that time, World War II was over, and the US economy was booming. I feel that life is like a feast at the very beginning. Delicious food will continue to appear. It will not matter if you miss one or two dishes. There must be a better one later. But lieutenant Ralph changed my outlook on life.


The Dean sent me to the airport to meet a lieutenant Ralph, a World War II hero who was invited to make a speech. He spent time in the Second World War to rescue his comrades in arms, and won the Bronze Star Medal. Lieutenant Ralph is only a few years older than me. He likes baseball and rock music as much as I do. After I introduced each other, I accompanied Ralph to the lobby of the airport hall to pick up his luggage. It took only 5 minutes from the boarding gate to the hall, but we walked for at least 20 minutes, because the lieutenant walked a few steps and said to me, "please wait."


The first time to say "a little wait" was because an old woman's luggage fell off the cart and Ralph used to help her. When he was "slightly waiting", he lifted the two children to see the plane ready to take off on the runway outside the window, and the third and fourth times to pull me to the wall. The two Impressionist oil paintings; the fifth time I stopped and chatted with a funny airport cleaner. And every time after "wait", Ralph's face will show a sweet smile, as if he had just eaten the most delicious chocolate cake.


To tell you the truth, I visited Stewart airport near the military academy more than once, but every time I passed by. The impression of this is a rough and crowded airport. I didn't even know that the walls on both sides of the passage were full of famous oil paintings donated by famous artists. Following Ralph, I first discovered that there were so many people around me who needed help. For the first time, I noticed that there were so many interesting things around me. I asked the lieutenant curiously, "are you like this from childhood?"


"You asked me if I knew how to enjoy every moment of my life?" Ralph shook his head. "No, before I joined the army, I also felt that life was long. Even if I missed anything, there would always be a chance to make up for it later. But the war taught me another attitude. " Then the lieutenant explained that his detachment was responsible for clearing the mines, and many times he saw that his comrades who had just walked around were badly blasted.


"At that time, our life was measured by one step, and every foot could step into the domain of death. Slowly, I learned to enjoy life in a few seconds between raising one foot and dropping the other foot, and I learned to look around the world before I took the next step, because it might be the last step of my life. Every step is the beginning of a new life if you want to, and it will bring a new world.


 
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