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2007年NPR美国国家公共电台三月-Creating Our Own Happiness

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Welcome to This I Believe, an NPR series presenting the personal philosophies of remarkable1 men and women from all walks of life. Support for NPR podcasts comes from visa offering the visa signature card featuring concierge2 services for travel, dining and entertainment at visasignature.com.

I believe in figuring out my own way to do things.
I believe in the power of numbers.
I believe in barbecue.
Well, I believe in friendliness3.
I believe in mankind.

This I Believe.

Every Monday, Monday after Monday we have another installment4 of our series This I Believe. And today we'll hear from Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of the rock group, the Flaming Lips. They just won 2 Grammies. They are known for their spacy arrangements, bizarre lyrics5 and extravagant6 live shows which can include bubbles, puppets and confetti. Coyne grew up in Oklahoma City and he still lives there. Here's our series curator Jay Allyson.

Wayne Coyne told us that through his music he wants quote to make the room brighter . His belief is tied to that wish. It's a guiding principle he's held for a long time, but it only became clear to him one day sitting in his car. Here is Wayne Coyne with his essay for This I Believe.

I believe we have the power to create our own happiness. I believe the real magic in the world is done by humans. And I believe normal life is extraordinary. I was sitting in my car at a stoplight intersection7 listening to the radio. I was, I guess, lost in the moment, thinking how happy I was to be inside my nice warm car. You see, it was cold and windy outside, and I thought life is good. Now, this was a long line, as I waited I noticed 2 people huddled8 together at the bus stop. And to my eyes they looked uncomfortable, they looked cold and they looked poor. Their coats looked like they came from the thrift9 store, they weren't wearing stuff from the gap. I knew, because I'd been there.

This couple seemed to be doing their best to keep warm, they were huddled together. And I thought to myself, oh, those poor people in that horrible wind. But then I saw their faces, and yes, they were huddling10, but they were also laughing. They looked to be sharing a good joke. And suddenly, insteaded of pitying them, I envied them. I thought, ha, what's so funny! They didn't seem to notice the wind, and they weren't worried about their clothes. And they weren't looking at my car thinking, oh, I wish I had that.

And you know, how a single moment can feel like an hour? Well, at that moment, I realized I'd assumed this couple needed my pity, but they didn't. I assumed things were all bad for them, but they weren't. And I understood we all have the power to make moments of happiness happen. Now, maybe that's easy for me to say. I feel lucky to have fans around the world, a house with a roof and a wife who puts up with me. But I must say I felt this way even when I was working at Long John Silver's.

I worked there for 11 years as a fry cook. And when you work at a place that long you see teenagers coming in on their first dates. And then they are married, and then they are bringing in their kids. You witness whole sections of people's lives. In the beginning it seemed like a dead-end job. But you know at least I had a job. And frankly11, it was very easy. After 2 weeks, I knew all I needed to know. And it freed my mind. The job allowed me to dream about what my life could become. The first year I worked there we got robbed. I lay on the floor, I thought I was going to die. I didn't think I stood a chance but everything turned out all right.

A lot of people look at life as a series of miserable12 tasks. But after that, I didn't. I believe this is something all of us can do. Try to be happy within the context to the lives that we are actually living. Happiness is not a situation to be longed for, or convergence of lucky happenstance. Through the power of our own minds we can help ourselves, this I believe.

Wayne Coyne with his essay for This I Believe. This is Coyne and the Flaming Lips from their album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

The happiness makes you cry...Do you will...That everyone, you know, some day, will die...

We welcome everyone to write for our series. Find out more and read all the essays at NPR. org. For This I Believe, I'm Jay Allyson. This I Believe continues next Monday and all things considered from NPR news when we'll hear an essay from a New Hampshire listener who tells us that he believes in every man's potential for brutality13. Support for This I Believe comes from Capella University.

This I Believe is produced for NPR by This I Believe Incorporated and Atlantic Public Media. For more essays in the series, please visit npr. org/thisibelieve.

Support for NPR podcasts comes from Acura, featuring the completely redesigned 300 horsepower NDX. More information is available at Accurate. com

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1 remarkable 8Vbx6     
adj.显著的,异常的,非凡的,值得注意的
参考例句:
  • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在写作技巧方面有了长足进步。
  • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.这些汽车因发动机没有噪音而不同凡响。
2 concierge gppzr     
n.管理员;门房
参考例句:
  • This time the concierge was surprised to the point of bewilderment.这时候看门人惊奇到了困惑不解的地步。
  • As I went into the dining-room the concierge brought me a police bulletin to fill out.我走进餐厅的时候,看门人拿来一张警察局发的表格要我填。
3 friendliness nsHz8c     
n.友谊,亲切,亲密
参考例句:
  • Behind the mask of friendliness,I know he really dislikes me.在友善的面具后面,我知道他其实并不喜欢我。
  • His manner was a blend of friendliness and respect.他的态度友善且毕恭毕敬。
4 installment 96TxL     
n.(instalment)分期付款;(连载的)一期
参考例句:
  • I shall soon pay the last installment of my debt.不久我将偿付我的最后一期债款。
  • He likes to buy things on the installment plan.他喜欢用分期付款法购买货物。
5 lyrics ko5zoz     
n.歌词
参考例句:
  • music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hart 由罗杰斯和哈特作词作曲
  • The book contains lyrics and guitar tablatures for over 100 songs. 这本书有100多首歌的歌词和吉他奏法谱。
6 extravagant M7zya     
adj.奢侈的;过分的;(言行等)放肆的
参考例句:
  • They tried to please him with fulsome compliments and extravagant gifts.他们想用溢美之词和奢华的礼品来取悦他。
  • He is extravagant in behaviour.他行为放肆。
7 intersection w54xV     
n.交集,十字路口,交叉点;[计算机] 交集
参考例句:
  • There is a stop sign at an intersection.在交叉路口处有停车标志。
  • Bridges are used to avoid the intersection of a railway and a highway.桥用来避免铁路和公路直接交叉。
8 huddled 39b87f9ca342d61fe478b5034beb4139     
挤在一起(huddle的过去式与过去分词形式)
参考例句:
  • We huddled together for warmth. 我们挤在一块取暖。
  • We huddled together to keep warm. 我们挤在一起来保暖。
9 thrift kI6zT     
adj.节约,节俭;n.节俭,节约
参考例句:
  • He has the virtues of thrift and hard work.他具备节俭和勤奋的美德。
  • His thrift and industry speak well for his future.他的节俭和勤勉预示着他美好的未来。
10 huddling d477c519a46df466cc3e427358e641d5     
n. 杂乱一团, 混乱, 拥挤 v. 推挤, 乱堆, 草率了事
参考例句:
  • Twenty or thirty monkeys are huddling along the thick branch. 三十只猴子挤在粗大的树枝上。
  • The defenders are huddling down for cover. 捍卫者为了掩护缩成一团。
11 frankly fsXzcf     
adv.坦白地,直率地;坦率地说
参考例句:
  • To speak frankly, I don't like the idea at all.老实说,我一点也不赞成这个主意。
  • Frankly speaking, I'm not opposed to reform.坦率地说,我不反对改革。
12 miserable g18yk     
adj.悲惨的,痛苦的;可怜的,糟糕的
参考例句:
  • It was miserable of you to make fun of him.你取笑他,这是可耻的。
  • Her past life was miserable.她过去的生活很苦。
13 brutality MSbyb     
n.野蛮的行为,残忍,野蛮
参考例句:
  • The brutality of the crime has appalled the public. 罪行之残暴使公众大为震惊。
  • a general who was infamous for his brutality 因残忍而恶名昭彰的将军
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