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  • 1.  
  • 2. 世界繪本特選 TOP100 名著 Author : Shel Silverstein 謝爾 . 希爾弗斯坦 Name of the Book : The Missing Piece 失落的一角
  • 3. The piece about “imperfectness” and “satisfaction”
  • 4. He’s missing a piece. He’s very sad.
  • 5. He set off to find the missing piece.
  • 6. He rolled along, singing “ Oh, I am going to look for my missing piece, I am going to look for my missing piece, Ah ha ha, on the way, to look for my missing piece”
  • 7. Sometimes, he has to bear the heat of the sun.
  • 8. Following that, that icy cold rain falls
  • 9. Sometimes the snow freezes him up. Then the sun will come out to give him warmth
  • 10. Because he is missing a piece, so he can’t roll very fast. Thus, he could stop and chat with the worm.
  • 11. Or smell the flowers
  • 12. Sometimes he overtakes the beetle.
  • 13. Sometimes the beetle will also overtake him
  • 14. This kind of moment is the happiest for him.
  • 15. He continued on across the ocean “ Oh, I am looking for my missing piece Across the land and seas Not afraid of the long road ahead, I am looking for my missing piece.”
  • 16. Through the swamps and scrubs,
  • 17. Up the mountains,
  • 18. And down the mountains.
  • 19. Till one day, he saw it and sang “ I have found my missing piece, I have found my missing piece, Not afraid of the long road ahead, I have found…” “ Hold on”, the piece said “ Don’t sing that “not afraid of the long road ahead…..” yet”
  • 20. “ I am not your missing piece. I am not anyone’s piece. I am my own piece. Even if I am someone’s missing piece, I believe it would not be yours.”
  • 21. “ Orh.” He sadly said. “ Sorry to disturb you.” And he went on his way again.
  • 22. He then found another piece.
  • 23. But this piece was too small.
  • 24. This one was too big.
  • 25. This one is slightly too sharp.
  • 26. This one was too squarish.
  • 27. There was once when he found a piece with the perfect fit. But he did not grab hold of it tight.
  • 28. And he dropped it.
  • 29. There was another time when he grabbed hold of it too tight...
  • 30. … and broke it.
  • 31.  
  • 32. He went along his way again.
  • 33. Met with some dangers,
  • 34. Fell into a pit,
  • 35. Crashed into a stone wall.
  • 36. One day, he met another piece which seemed to be a perfect fit.
  • 37. “ Hi!” He said. “ Hi!” the piece said. “ Are you anyone’s missing piece?” “ No, I am not.” “ Then are you your own piece?” “ I can be someone’s piece, as well as, be my own piece” “ You probably would not like to be my missing piece.” “ Not really.” “ Maybe we are not suitable.” “ Don’t say that…”
  • 38. “ How is it?” “ Feels good.”
  • 39. Very suitable! A perfect fit! Finally found it! Finally found it!
  • 40. He rolled along, because he does not miss a piece anymore, he rolled faster and faster, faster then never before. So fast that he could not stop to chat with the little worm.
  • 41. He can’t stop to smell the flowers too.
  • 42. So fast that the butterfly is not able to rest on him.
  • 43. But he could sing his happy song. He finally can sing : “ I found my missing piece.”
  • 44. He started to sing: “ Ummm…Bleh…Hmmm, Ummm…Bleh…Hmmm, Hmmp…Ummp…” Oh god, He does not miss a piece now, but he cannot sing.
  • 45. “ I know why.” He thought. “ There’s a reason here.” He stopped.
  • 46. And put down his missing piece,
  • 47. And left.
  • 48. He moved along, and sang softly:
  • 49. “ Oh, I am looking for my missing piece I am looking for my missing piece Ah ha ha, on the road To look for my missing piece.”
  • 50.  
  • 51.  
  • 52. 關於成熟 ...... Regarding Maturity…
  • 53. 在一個講究包裝的社會裡,我們常禁不住羨慕別人光鮮華麗的外表,而對自己的欠缺耿耿於懷。 In this society that emphasizes on the packaging, we would sometimes inevitably envy other people’s good looks, and lament about our own imperfection.
  • 54. 但就我多年觀察,我發現沒有一個人的生命是完整無缺的,每個人都少了一樣東西。 有人夫妻恩愛、月入數十萬,卻是有嚴重的不孕症; 有人才貌雙全、能幹多金,情字路上卻是坎坷難行; 有人家財萬貫,卻是子孫不孝; 有人看似好命,卻是一輩子腦袋空空。 But in my years of experience, I have discovered that there’s no one life that is perfect, everyone has a lack of something. Some couples are very loving, monthly salary of 10K+, but they could have problems bearing child. Some people have the looks and talent, but could have a rough time in relationships. Some people have lots of money, but they don’t have filial children. Some people look to have a good life, but their brain could be empty all their life.
  • 55. 每個人的生命,都被上蒼劃上了一道缺口,你不想要它,它卻如影隨形。 以前我也痛恨我人生中的缺失, 但現在我卻能寬心接受 . Everyone’s life has been designed with imperfections, you may not want it, but it will follow you. I used to hate my imperfection, but now I have learnt to accept it with open arms
  • 56. 因為我 體認到生命中的缺口,彷若我們背上的一根刺, 時時提醒我們謙卑,要懂得憐恤。 Because I understand that the flaw in life is like a spike on our backs, reminding us to be humble and to emphatise with others.
  • 57. 若沒有苦難,我們會驕傲,沒有滄桑,我們不會以同理心去安慰不幸的人。 我也相信,人生不要太圓滿,有個缺口讓福氣流向別人是很美的一件事, If there are no hardships, we will be complacent. If there is no depression, we cannot emphatise and console those who are less fortunate. I also believe that life cannot be too perfect, having a crack to let happiness flow to others is a beautiful thing.
  • 58. 你不需擁有全部的東西, 若你樣樣俱全,別人吃什麼呢? 也 體認到每個生命都有欠缺, 我也不會再去與人作無謂的比較了, 反而更能珍惜自己所擁有的一切。 You don’t have to have everything. If you have everything, what’s left for the others? Also recognise that life has flaws, that I will not compare myself with others, instead cherish what you already have.
  • 59. 所以,不要再去羨慕別人如何如何,好好數算上天給你的恩典,你會發現你所擁有的絕對比沒有的要多出許多 . So, don’t go around envying others, count the blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon you, you will find that there are more things that you have than things that you don’t have
  • 60. 而 缺失的那一部分,雖不可愛,卻也是你生命的一部分,接受它且善待它,你的人生會快樂豁達許多。 And what you do not have, although not lovable, is very much part of your life, accept and appreciate it, and your life will be much happier.
  • 61. 如果你是一個蚌, 你願意受盡一生痛苦而凝結一粒珍珠 ...... 還是不要珍珠, 寧願舒舒服服的活著? ! If you are a clam, Do you want to bear all the pains to produce a pearl…..or you do not want the pearl and choose to live comfortably?!
  • 62. 如果你是一隻老鼠, 你突然發覺你已被關進捕鼠籠而你前面有一塊香噴噴的蛋糕 , 這時,你究竟是吃還是不吃呢?! If you are a mouse, you suddenly find yourself captured in a rat trap and in front of you is a piece of delicious cake, do you eat the cake or not?!
  • 63. 早期的撲滿都是陶器,一旦存滿了錢,就要被人敲碎 ...…….. 如果有這麼一隻撲滿,一直沒有錢投進來,一直瓦全到今天, 他就成了貴重的古董 ...………………………………………….. 你願意做哪一種撲滿? ! Early piggy banks are made of clay, once it is filled, it has to be broken… If there is such a piggy bank, no money has been put into it, until today and it has become a very priceless antique….. Which piggy bank do you wish to be?!
  • 64. 你每想到一次就記下你的答案 ...... 直到有一天你的答案不再變動 ...... 那就是你成熟了! Everytime you think of it, note down your answers… Until a day when your answers does not change…. Then you are mature!
  • 65. 找一個懂妳的人 ...…………………. 也期許自己做一個懂他的人………… . Find someone who understands you… and also hope you are that someone who understands him/her...
  • 66. 聰明的人喜歡猜心 ...…………………. 雖然每次都猜對了卻失去了自己的心……… . The intelligent like to guess people’s heart… Although everytime they get it right, they will lose their own...
  • 67. 傻氣的人喜歡給心 ...…………………….. 雖然每次都被笑了卻得到了別人的心………… The innocent and naive love to give their hearts… Although they get laughed at everytime but they would have won over other people’s hearts...
  • 68. 魚說:你看不見我的淚水;因為我在水中 ....………. 水說:我能感覺到妳的淚;只因妳在我的心中 ......... The fish said: I can’t see my tears because I am in the water... The water said: I can feel your tears because you are in my heart...