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夜灯 | A Ball to Roll Around

楼主:商丘师院外语学院 时间:2018-11-07 17:50:51

夜 灯

I am a slow walker,but I never walk backwards.

——Lincoln

本期夜灯,请举起小红旗——张培基散文佳作108

A Ball to Roll Around

Robert · G · Allman

l lost my sight when I was four years old by falling off a box car in a freight yard in Atlantic City and landing on my head. Now I am thirty-two, I can vaguely remember the brightness of sunshine and what color red is. It would be wonderful to see again, but a calamity can do strange things to people. It occurred to me the other day that I might not have come to love life as I do if I hadn't been blind. I believe in life now. I am not so sure that I would have believed in it so deeply. otherwise, I don't mean that I would prefer to go without my eyes. I simply mean that the loss of them made me appreciate the more what I had left.

Life, I believe, asks a continuous series of adjustments to reality. The more readily a person is able to make these adjustments, the more meaningful his own private world becomes. The adjustment is never easy. I was bewildered and afraid. But I was lucky. My parents and my teachers saw somthing in me — a potential to live, you might call it — which I couldn't see, and they made me want to fight it out with blindness.

The hardest lesson I had to learn was to believe in myself. That was basic. If I hadn't been able to do that , I would have collapsed and become a chair rocker on the front porch for the rest of my life. When I say belief in myself I am not talking about simply the kind of self-confidence that helps me down an unfamiliar staircase alone. That is part of it. But I mean something bigger than that: an assurance that I am, despite imperfections, a real, positive person; that somewhere in the sweeping, intricate pattern of people there is a special place where I can make myself fit.

It took me years to discover and strengthen this assurance. It had to start with the most elementary things. Once a man gave me an indoor baseball, I thought he was mocking me and I was hurt. "I can't use that," I said, "Take it with you," he urged me, "and roll it around." The words stuck in my head. "Roll it around!"By rolling the ball I could hear where it went. This gave me an idea how to achieve a goal I had thought impossible: playing baseball. At Philadelphia's Overbrook School for the Blind I invented a successful variation of baseball. We called it ground ball.

All my life I have set ahead of me a series of goals and then tried to reach them, one at a time, I had to learn my limitations. It was no good to try for something I knew at the atart was wildly out of reach because that only invited the bitterness of failure. I would fail sometimes anyway but on the average I made progress.


滚 球

罗伯特 · G · 奥尔曼

四岁那年在大西洋城,我从货场一辆货车上摔下来,头先着地,于是双目失明。现在我已经32岁了,我还模糊地记得阳光是多么灿烂,红色是多么鲜艳。能恢复视觉固然好,但灾难也能对人产生奇妙的作用。有一天我突然想到,倘若我不是盲人,我或许不会变得像现在这样热爱生活。现在我相信生活,但我不能肯定如果自己是明眼人,会不会像现在这样深深地相信生活,这并不意味着我宁愿成为盲人,而只是意味着失去视力使我更加珍惜自己其他的能力了。

我认为,生活要求人不断地自我调整以适应现实,人愈能及时地进行调整,他的个人世界便愈有意义。调整绝非易事。我曾感到茫然害怕,但我很幸运。父母和老师在我身上发现了某种东西—可以称之为活下去的潜力吧—而我自己却没有发现。他们激励我誓与失明拼搏到底。

我必须学会的最艰难的一课就是相信自己,这是基本条件。如做不到这一点,我的精神就会崩溃,只能坐在前门廊的摇椅中度过余生。相信自己并不仅仅指支持我独自走下去陌生的楼梯的那种自信,那是一部分。但我指的是大事,是坚信自己虽然有缺陷,却是一个真正的有进取心的人坚信在芸芸众生错综复杂的格局之中,自有我可以安身立命的一席之地。

我花了很长时间才树立并不断加强这一信念,这要从最简单的事做起。有次一个人给我一个室内玩的棒球,我以为他在嘲笑我,心里很难受,“我不能使这个。”我说。“你拿去,”他竭力劝我,“在地上滚。”他的话在我脑子里生了。“在地上滚!”滚球使我听见它朝哪儿滚动。我马上想到一个我曾认为不可能达到的目标:打棒球。在费城的奥弗布鲁克盲人学校,我发明了一种很受人欢迎的棒球游戏,我们称之为地面球。

我这一辈子给自己树立了一系列目标,然后努力去达到,一次一个。我必须了解自己能力有限。若开始就知道某个目标根本达不到却硬要去实现,那不会有任何好处,因为那只会带来失败的苦果。我有时也失败过,但一般说来总有进步。


这篇短文的作者罗伯特 · G · 奥尔曼是位盲人,他在运动、法律及电台体育广播三个不同的领域获得极大的成功。他幼时就读于费城奥弗布鲁克盲人学校,并在该校学会了摔跤。在宾夕法尼亚大学学习期间,他曾在五十多场摔跤比赛中获胜,在弟弟的帮助下(因为几乎没有法律书籍是用盲文印刷的),他在该校法学院学习并顺利毕业。由于他热爱运动,一度任电台体育节目广播员。他认为盲人不应该只从盲人身上寻求安慰,而应该“走出家门与世人接触”,该文文字朴实,生动流畅。其间所含的人生哲理,对人颇有启迪。

 君子藏器于身,待时而动。


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