18.5.14【英语美文】 一个倾诉与聆听的故事The Care-collector《忧虑收集者 》

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周一主题:【英语美文】一个倾诉与聆听的故事The Care-collector《忧虑收集者


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有一个村庄,人们以收集废弃物品为业。一日,一位神秘的老人游荡到此,带着空空的大包,在角落摆下了摊。他告诉村民他也是来收集的,可他要收集的东西并不适合放在包里,他会用双手做出一个有趣的动作来收集每个人来此丢弃的东西,完成这些以后,他背起似乎更重的背包离开了。从此,这个村庄变成了一个幸福的居住地。

The care-collector - Introduction

Often times, all it takes to solve your problems is someone who listens. This story is about an extraordinary old man who dedicated himself to ‘collect’ people’s cares; just by listening to the things people worried about, he helped them feeling a lot better! When the old man tragically died, the people who were helped so much by him realized that they, as we all, can make this world a better place just by listening to each other. He furthermore shows that most times, problems are only existing in our minds, not in reality.

The Care-collector

  • Once upon a time, in a bustling village, there was a town   square where collectors   gathered. These were people who made a living by collecting things that   other people had discarded. The   collectors discovered that once you had enough of various discarded items, they became valuable again.   There were pot and pan collectors, stamp   and book collectors, and comic book   and spoon collectors. All in all,   it was quite a collection of collectors.

  • One day an old man came   wandering into the village asking where the collector's plaza was. He carried a large   pack, but didn't seem to be   burdened by its weight. He installed   himself casually in one corner of the square.

  • Naturally, everyone in the   village discovered there was a new collector in town, and they eagerly inquired about what he had   in the pack. He simply told them there was nothing in it but his lunch.   "You mean; you are not a collector?" they asked. "Oh,   yes," he said, "I'm very much a collector. But what I collect   does not fit in a pack. I collect people's cares."

  • Intrigued, the villagers asked   him to explain. "Well, you see, I discovered long ago that one of the   things everybody has too many of and constantly tries to get rid of, are cares: trials,   burdens, sorrows, difficult times - all kind of things that make their   lives sad. So I offer to collect such things from them and they feel   better. Isn't that simple?"

  • Most villagers thought this was   a silly belief and that the man was just too senile to function. But then, someone asked him how he   collected cares, and he replied, "Well, there is probably something   in your life that bothers you right now - some care that you have. Just   tell me about it and I will add it and I will add it to my   collection."

  • "But how will that help   me?" the inquirer asked. “Just try it." The care-collector   said. So the person told the old   man about something that was a problem. When the story was finished, the   care-collector nodded his head deeply a few times, and   then put his hand together as if to   scoop up something heavy. He pretended to put it into his pack.   "There, I have put it away. How do you feel?" he asked.

  • The person who had his care   collected said, "Why, I do feel better. I think I can handle the problem   much better now. It really works!" Word spread, and soon there was a throng of people who came to give their cares to the   care-collector. Years passed, and the village became known as the happiest   place ever to live in, thanks to the care collector’s efforts.

  • One day, just before dawn, the   care-collector reckoned his   task in this village was completed. So he quietly stood up and lifted his   pack in a gesture that was   slower and more painful than before, as if the pack was heavier and he slipped away in silence.

  • It was not long thereafter when   a weary and burdened young man   came into the village. The villagers, all still the happiest they ever   were, helped him as best they could, and when he was feeling a bit better,   they asked him if he knew about the old man, the hero of the village, who   had left for the city several weeks ago. "Know him?!" the youth replied. "Why, my whole   city has been talking about him. Haven't you heard?" "Why,   no," the people chorused   back, "Tell us what happened."

  • "That old man came quietly   into the city and nobody noticed him, at first," the youth recounted. "Once in a while   you could see him talking to people - mostly listening, really. When a   person finished talking to him, he bowed his head and did a funny thing   with his hands and the person began to feel better. For the first time in   a long while, people in the city began to feel better and have a bit of   hope for their own lives." "Yes, we know. He did that here,   too," replied the villagers.

  • "Well, one night, as he was   leaving the city square, a big storm caught   him by surprise, and he was struck by lightning. He died almost   instantly, leaving behind only a very heavy, but empty suitcase.” The   villagers gasped. Some began to   cry. "I am so sorry to bring you this sad news" said the youth,   and there was a long silence.

  • Suddenly, the youth exclaimed: “Hey…It still works! I   feel a lot better for telling you about the death of the care-collector!   Collecting cares still works! You can do it for me, and I can do it for   you. He only showed us how!"

  • The young man jumped up, filled with new energy and   strength. "I'm going to travel back to my city, and to many other   places as well!!" The villagers tried to stop him, saying that   "There are too many cares and burdens in the world, why don’t you   stay here and avoid feeling miserable as much as you can?"   "Exactly! Exactly!" he continued. "That's why I'm going. I   will become a care-collector!"


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