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A friend who was down in the dumps wrote me a letter a few weeks ago. His life was full of problems. His heart was full of worries. He was low on hope.
幾周前,一位生活幾經波折的友人給我來信,說他的生活中充斥著麻煩,對此他憂心忡忡、感到無望。

He ended his letter to me with this question: “We can’t really change this crazy world we live in, can we?” I answered him and started my own letter with these words: “Yes, we most certainly can!”
在信的結尾他問了這樣一個問題:“我們確實無法改變這個瘋狂的世界,難道不是么?”我即刻回信,以“我們當然能改變世界”來開頭。

I can still remember one of the first times someone changed my world. She was the music teacher at my elementary school, the at our church, and a family friend.
在很多的第一次中我猶記得一個人改變了我的世界。她是我小學時的音樂老師,也是一名教堂吉他手,同時也是我們家的朋友。

I had a huge crush on her too and wanted to impress her more than anything. I had no talent at any , however, and my singing while was quite .
我深深的對她著迷,做一切能夠引起她注意的事情。在樂器方面我沒有天賦;唱歌嘛,雖然飽含熱情但是五音不全。

One day she let me try playing her guitar. I did my best but could only stumble along. When I was done I put my head down. “I guess I am not very good,” I told her.
一天她讓我試著彈彈她的吉他,我使出渾身解數,但還是很糟糕。奏畢,我低下了頭說道:“我大概是一無是處了。”

She looked at me with her kind eyes, smiled, and said: “We are all good at something. You just need to find out what you are good at. Then you can share it with the world.”
她溫柔地注視著我,微笑著說:“我們都有所長,你只要去發現就好,然后為這個世界貢獻你的力所能及。”

Those simple words changed me. They planted a seed in my soul that continues to grow to this day. They made me realize that I had something to give to others.
她簡簡單單幾句話,觸動并改變了我,如同在我的心里播下了種子,生根發芽成長至今。這讓我明白,我有可以給予他人的東西。

I had something inside of me that was good and that could change this world for the better. I just had to find it, bring it out and share it. And that is what I have tried to do all of the years since that fateful day.
我內在的可取之物能夠讓世界變得更加美好。我要挖掘、激發并將它施予。從領悟自己的使命之日起,這就是我日日月月年年要做的事。

Can you change the world? Yes you can! You can change it and make it better every single day of your life. You can change it one choice, one person, and one kind act at a time. All you have to do is share your goodness. All you have to do is live your love. Make your love great then! Live well! Do good! Change the world!
你能改變世界?是的你可以!每天改變一點,生活就美好一點。每次從一個選擇、一個人、一個善行開始。施人慈悲,以愛之名生活。讓你的愛變得偉大!好好生活!!多行善舉!改變世界!

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(翻譯:林潯鷗)