What I Know for Sure (Excerpt)
By Oprah Winfrey1
Time is fleeting. Those of you with children are ever cognizant of this fact—because your children keep growing out of and into themselves. The goal for all of us is keep growing out of ourselves, too, evolving to our best possible lives.
Somewhere deep within me, even when I was a teenager, I always sensed that something bigger was in store for me—but it was never about attaining wealth or celebrity. It was about the process of continually seeking to be better, to challenge myself to pursue excellence on every level.
What I know for sure: only when you make that process your goal can your dream life follow. That doesn’t mean your process will lead you to wealth or fame—in fact, your dream may be nothing to do with tangible prosperity and everything to do with creating a life filled with joy, one with no regrets and a clear conscience. I've learned that, yes, wealth is a tool that gives you choices—but it cannot compensate for a life not fully lived, and certainly cannot create a sense of peace within you. The whole point of being alive is to become the person you were intended to be, to grow out of and into yourself again and again.
我坚信：只有把这种过程当作目标，你梦想的生活才会随之而来。这并不是说， 这一过程会领着你发家成名。实际上，你的梦可能与那些看得见、摸得着的锦绣繁华无半点关联；你的梦是要全力去创造一种生活，这种生活让人满心喜乐，不带悔憾，清白无愧。至于财富，是的，我知道那是一种工具，能给人更多选择， 但却无法弥补有缺憾的人生，也肯定不能创造内心的平和。活着的全部意义在于，成为你愿意成为的那种人，一次次成长，长成你自己。
I believe you can do this only when you stop long enough to hear the whisper you might have drowned out, that small voice compelling you toward your calling. And what happens then? You face the biggest challenge of all: to have the courage to seek your dream regardless of what anyone else says or thinks. You are the only person alive who can see your big picture—and even you can't see it all. The truth is that as much as you plan and dream and move forward in your life, you must remember you are always acting in conjunction with the flow and energy of the universe.
Move in the direction of your goal with all the force and verve you can muster—and then let go, releasing your plan to the Power that is bigger than yourself and allowing your dream to unfold as its own masterpiece. Dream big—very big. Work hard—very hard. And after you have done all you can, fully surrender to the Power.
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1.奥普拉·温弗瑞，美国著名脱口秀主持人，美国第一位黑人亿万富翁。本文节选自其著作《我坚信》的第五部分“可能性”（Part 5: Possibility）。