A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar1. He was watching for kids darting2 out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

一位年轻的总裁,以有点快的车速,开着他的新Jaguar经过住宅区的巷道。 他必须小心游戏中的孩子突然跑到路中央,所以当他觉得小孩子快跑出来时,就要减慢车速。
As his car passed, one child appeared, and a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door. He slammed on the brakes and spun3 the Jag back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown.
He jumped out of the car, grabbed some kid and pushed him up against a parked car, shouting, ” What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?”
Building up a head of steam, he went on” That’s a new car and that brick you threw is gonna cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”
“Please,mister, please,I’m sorry. I didn’t know what else to do!” pleaded the youngster.
“It’s my brother,” he said. “He rolled off the curb4 and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.
Sobbing5, the boy asked the executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling6 lump in his throat. He lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be okay.
“Thank you, sir. And God bless you,” the grateful child said to him. The man then watched the little boy push his brother to the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long walk backs to his Jaguar… a long, slow walk. He never did repair the side door. He kept the dent7 to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.
Life whispers in your soul and speaks to your heart. Sometimes, when you don’t have the time to listen… Life throws a brick at your head.
It’s your choice: Listen to the whispers of your soul or wait for the brick!
1 jaguar  [ˈdʒægjuə(r)]     
He was green with envy when he saw my new Jaguar car.看见我那辆美洲虎牌新车,他非常妒忌。
Should you meet a jaguar in the jungle,just turn slowly,walk away.But slowly,never look back.你在丛林中若碰上美洲虎,就慢慢转身走开,可一定要慢,切莫回头看。
2 darting  [dɑ:tɪŋ]    
v.投掷,投射( dart的现在分词 );向前冲,飞奔
Swallows were darting through the clouds. 燕子穿云急飞。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
Swallows were darting through the air. 燕子在空中掠过。 来自辞典例句
3 spun   [spʌn]     
His grandmother spun him a yarn at the fire.他奶奶在火炉边给他讲故事。
Her skilful fingers spun the wool out to a fine thread.她那灵巧的手指把羊毛纺成了细毛线。
4 curb   [kɜ:b]    
I could not curb my anger.我按捺不住我的愤怒。
You must curb your daughter when you are in church.你在教堂时必须管住你的女儿。
5 sobbing   ['sɒbɪŋ]  
<主方>Ⅰ adj.湿透的
I heard a child sobbing loudly. 我听见有个孩子在呜呜地哭。
Her eyes were red with recent sobbing. 她的眼睛因刚哭过而发红。
6 swelling   [ˈswelɪŋ]    
Use ice to reduce the swelling. 用冰敷消肿。
There is a marked swelling of the lymph nodes. 淋巴结处有明显的肿块。
7 dent   [dent]    
I don’t know how it came about but I’ve got a dent in the rear of my car.我不知道是怎么回事,但我的汽车后部有了一个凹痕。
That dent is not big enough to be worth hammering out.那个凹陷不大,用不着把它锤平。

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