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The Touchstone

发布者: katy | 发布时间: 2009-11-17 11:27| 查看数: 1501| 评论数: 0|

212738_1247501847W8RI.gif The Touchstone

When the great library of Alexandria burned down, the story goes, one book was saved. But it was not valuable book; and so, a poor man, who could read a little, bought it for a few coppers.

The book wasn’t very interesing, but between its pages there was something very interesting indeed. It was a thin strip of vellum on which was written the secret of the “ Touchstone”!

The Touchstone was a small pebble that could turn any common metal into pure gold. The writing explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other pebbles that lookd exactly like it. But the secret was this: the real stone would feel warm, while ordinary pebbles are cold.

So the man sold his few belongings, bought some simple supplies, camped on the seashore, and began testing pebbles.

He knew that if he picked up ordinary pebles and threw them down again because they were cold, he might pick up the same pebble hundreds of times. So, when he felt one that was cold, he threw it into the sea. He spent a whole day doing this, but none of the stones he examined was the Touchstone. Yet he went on and on this way. He picked up a pebble. It was cold, so he threw it into the sea.He picked up another. He threw it into the sea.

The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months. One day, however, about midafternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea before he realized what he had done. He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along he stil threw it away.

So it is with opportunity.
Unless we are careful, it’s easy to fail to recognize an opportunity when it is in hand, and it’s just as easy to throw it away.

当宏伟的亚历山大图书馆被烧毁的时候,传说有一本书幸存了下来。只可惜这本书没有什么价值, 所以一个略识几个字的穷人花了几个铜板就买到了这本书。

这本书枯燥无味然而在书页之间确实隐藏着有趣的东西。那是一张薄薄的牛皮纸条,上面写着“试金石” 的秘密!

试金石是一种能把任何普通的金属变成纯金的小鹅卵石。纸条上解释说,试金石混杂在成千上万个看起来和它没有什么两样的鹅卵石之中;而识别它的秘密是:一般的鹅卵石摸起来凉凉的,而试金石摸起来暖暖的。

于是,那个人卖掉自己仅有的财物,购置了一些简单的必需品,在海边搭起帐篷, 开始寻找试金石。

他知道,如果捡起普通的鹅卵石感到凉凉的就丢在身边的话,那么可能会几百次重复捡到同一块鹅卵石。所以,当他摸到了一块凉的鹅卵石,就将其投入大海。他这样捡了一整天,可是没有一块和是试金石。他就一直这样重复着:捡起一块鹅卵石,凉的,抛进大海,再捡起另一块,再扔进大海。

日复一日,月复一月。然而有一天,大约在下午三四点钟,他捡到一块温暖的鹅卵石。当他把石头抛进大海后,才意识到自己做了些什么。他已经形成了扔掉每块石头的习惯,以至于当他想要的那一块鹅卵石出现时,他还是顺手扔了出去。

机会也是如此。除非我们时刻保持警醒,否则就很容易在机会到手时视而不见,也就很容易失之交臂。

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