夢想

你的夢想是什麼?如果你是一個大學生,也許你夢想去哈佛大學深造,去 Google 工作,花二年的時間環遊世界;如果你是一位大學教授,也許你夢想做一流的研究在一流的期刊上發表,得天下英才而教之;如果你是一名口譯員,也許你夢想為心儀的作家在新書發表會翻譯;如果你喜歡作曲,也許你夢想為王力宏寫歌… 夢想是一個驅動力,它甚至有一種魔力,有了它,生命就有了目標和希望。

美國詩人 Langston Hughes 說,每個人都應該懷抱夢想,而且不要輕言放棄:

Dreams
By Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.

這首淺顯易懂的詩,形容一個沒有夢想的人生,就像折翼的鳥,無法在天空飛翔;就像荒蕪的大地,覆蓋著冰雪。愛爾蘭詩人葉慈也有一首非常感人的詩,道出了一個生活困頓、卻擁有夢想的人的美麗誓言:

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
By William Butler Yeats

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with the golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams beneath your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

許多人為這首詩做過翻譯,它的大意是:

若我有天國的錦緞,
上面繡著燦爛的金銀線,
寶藍、灰暗和漆黑之綢
以夜、光和微光織就;
我將這錦緞鋪在你的腳下;
但我一無所有,唯存夢想;
於是我把我的夢鋪在你的腳下;
輕點兒踩呀,因為你踩的是我的夢。

我對教育也懷抱著夢想,我希望學生可以更適才適所,可以更享受求知的樂趣,可以對自己的所學更有熱忱,可以對自己的未來更有信心,可以對社會與世界更有願景。

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