Take Your Time 別急,慢慢來

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提要
英文版多年前曾介紹過「haste makes waste」(欲速則不達),道理非常簡單,就是「忙中有錯」,愈著急、心愈慌,手跟著發抖,弄得一團糟,想快些完成,結果弄了更久;第二則小故事裡的獅子,因為在森林裡養尊處優、獨霸一方慣了,居然慌慌張張地成了少見多怪的「井底蛙」。
One day a man who had been to gather coconuts heavily loaded on his horse. On the way home he met a boy whom he asked how long it would take to reach the market.
“If you go slowly,” said the boy, looking at the heavy load on the horse, “you will arrive very soon; but if you go fast, it will take you all day.”
The man could not believe this strange speech, so he hurried his horse. But the coconuts fell off and he had to stop to pick them up. Then he hurried his horse all the more to make up for lost time, but the coconuts fell off again. Many time he did this, and it was the night when he reached the market.
King of The Forest
The Lion was the King of the forest. He had a powerful voice and he roared to please himself and scare others.
All the animals were scared of him. He also knew every corner of the forest and every animal and every sound in it.
There was a pond in the middle of the forest. The Lion would drink water and sleep there for some time, every day.
One day, the Lion finished drinking water and lay down by the pond. As his eyes were closing, he heard a new sound. It was a hollow, croaky sound.
He opened his eyes, but he didn’t see anyone! Then, he heard it a second, and a third time.
By then, the Lion was scared and thought in fear, “What if it were a ghost?”
After some time, a Frog crawled out of the pond and croaked.
The Lion saw that he had been scared out of his wits by so small a creature, so the King of the forest ran out of the forest so fast that even the bullets couldn’t catch him.
Things seldom seen are strange, even spooky.
解說
有一天,一個採集椰子的男人,把收穫重重地堆放在他的馬背。在回程的途中,他遇到了一個男孩,他問男孩需要多久時間才能到達市場。
「如果你走得很慢,」男孩看著馬的沉重負荷說:「你很快就會到達。」但如果你走得快,就會花上一整天的時間。
那個男人不採信這個奇怪的陳述,所以他匆匆忙忙地催促他的馬,於是椰子掉了滿地,他不得不停下來撿拾它們。然後,他再度催趕馬快走,試圖彌補剛才失去的時間,但椰子又掉了下來。就這樣,反反覆覆許多次,他到達市場時,已經是晚上了。
森林之王
獅子是森林之王,可以發出巨大聲響的牠,咆哮著取悅自己、順便嚇唬旁人。
所有的動物都怕牠。牠也熟知森林的每個角落、每一隻動物和每一種聲音。
森林中間有一個池塘,獅子每天會在那兒喝水,並在那裡睡一段時間。
有一天,獅子喝完水,躺在池塘邊。當閉上眼睛時,牠聽到了一個新的聲音。那是空洞的、呱呱叫的聲音。牠睜開眼睛,但誰也沒看到!然後,他聽到了第二次、第三次聲音。
到那時,嚇壞了的獅子害怕地想:「如果是鬼怎麼辦?」
又過了一段時間,一隻青蛙爬出池塘,發出「呱呱」的叫聲。
獅子看到這麼小的生物發出這樣的叫聲,嚇得魂不附體。接著,這位「森林之王」逃出森林的速度,幾乎連子彈都追不到。
少見則多怪,甚至令人毛骨悚然。

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