来源：沪江听写酷 2011-03-10 17:20
1.pendulum n. 摆,钟摆
The 50-Percent Theory of Life I believe in the 50-percent theory. Half the time things are better than normal;the other half,they are worse. I believe life is a pendulum swing. It takes time and experience to understand what normal is,and that gives me the perspective to deal with the surprises of the future. Let’s benchmark the parameters:yes,I will die. I’ve dealt with the deaths of both parents,a best friend,a beloved boss and cherished pets. Some of these deaths have been violent,before my eyes,or slow and agonizing. Bad stuff,and it belongs at the bottom of the scale. Then there are those high points:romance and marriage to the right person;having a child and doing those Dad things like coaching my son’s baseball team,paddling around the creek in the boat while he’s swimming with the dogs,discovering his compassion so deep it manifests even in his kindness to snails,his imagination so vivid he builds a spaceship from a scattered pile of Legos.
我信奉对半理论。生活时而无比顺畅，时而倒霉透顶。我觉得生活就像来回摆的钟摆。读懂生活的常态需要时间和阅历，而读懂它也练就了我面对未来的生活态度。 让我们确定一下好坏的标准：是的，我注定会死去。我已经经历了双亲，一位好友，一位敬爱的老板和心爱宠物的死亡。有些突如其来，近在眼前，有些却缓慢痛苦。这些都是糟糕的事情，它们属于最坏的部分。 生活中也不乏高潮：坠入爱河缔结良缘；身为人父养育幼子，诸如训练指导儿子的棒球队，当他和狗在小河中嬉戏时摇桨划船，感受他如此强烈的同情心-即使对蜗牛也善待有加，发现他如此丰富的想象力-即使用零散的乐高玩具积木也能堆出太空飞船。