我們的成就,都是因爲別人的扶持(後記)--我的父親在我( )歲時

生活中偶爾會有不經意的心想事成:也許心裏想起某個久違的朋友,對方卻剛巧捎來一通電話;也許嘴饞想起某樣食物,過後真的有人給你送來。而我,從在寂靜園林羞恥地淚流滿面以後,倒是想一讀開照師父口裏所說的文章。沒想到,這篇文章會在Cecilia的房裏看到。

Cecilia是上個星期剛搬進434的新住客,我前幾天無意中看到文章被貼在她書桌的玻璃櫥窗,驚喜得不得了。文章,是用英文書寫的,我不曉得它的出處,不過猜想是《心靈雞湯》裏的篇章:

My Father When I Was…
4 years old:    My daddy can do anything.
5 years old:    My daddy knows a whole lot.
6 years old:    My daddy is smarter than your dad.
8 years old:    My dad doesn’t know exactly everything.
10 years old:  In the olden days when my dad grew up, things were sure different.
12 years old:  Oh, well, naturally, Father doesn’t know anything about that.  He is too old to remember his childhood.
14 years old:  Don’t pay any attention to my father.  He is so old-fashioned!
21 years old:  Him?  My Lord, he’s hopelessly out-of-date.
25 years old:  Dad knows a little bit about it, but then he should because he has been around so long.
30 years old:  Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks  After all, he’s had a lot of experience.
35 years old:  I’m not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.
40 years old:  I wonder how Dad would have handled it.  He was so wise and had a world of experience.
50 years old:  I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him.  Too bad I didn’t appreciate 
                     how smart he was.  I could have learned a lot from him.
Ann Landers
 

 

師父說過這篇文章足以反映人性,作者是西方人,我想不管是東方人抑或是西方人,都要經過文章裏的各種階段,仿佛有一種模式,非要你去經曆不可,沒人可以幸免。

發現這篇文章以後,我興致勃勃地將文章拿去影印3份,一份留給自己,其余的分別給了當天和我一起去Dana的穎兒和落葉,因爲她們在師父開示的時候也在場。

謹此記下那麽一點小小的驚喜。

 

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