we are on a journey
by henry van dyke
wherever you are, and you may be,
there is one thing in which you and i are
just alike,at this moment, and in all the moments
of our existence.we are not at restwe are on a journey.
our life is not a mere fact;
it is a movement, a tendency, a steady,
ceaseless progress towards an goal.
we are gaining something, or losing something, every day.
even when our position and our character seem to
remain the same, they are changing.
for the mere advance of time is a change.
it is not the same thing to have a bare field
in january and in july. the season makes the difference.
the limitations that are childlike in the child are childish
in the man.everything that we do is a step
in one direction or another. even the failure to do something
is in itself a deed. it sets us forward or backward.
the action of the pole of a needle is
just as real as the action of the pole.
to decline is to accept - the other alternative.
are you nearer to your port today than you were yesterday?
yes, - you must be a little nearer to some port or other;
for since your ship was first launched upon
the sea of life you have never been still
for a single moment; the sea is too deep,
you could not find an if you would;
there can be no pause until you come into port.
- [mæg´netik] a.磁(性)的 四级词汇
- [´æŋkəridʒ] n.停泊地点；抛锚地点 六级词汇