The Man Who Achieved Everything He Could  
 
They say that once upon a time, there lived a man who wanted to achieve everything he was capable of achieving. He was obsessed with this desire. He ate, slept, and walked with one and only dream: to die, having accomplished every single thing he was able to accomplish. There were so many things he could do. He felt like the whole world could be his, if he only set his mind to it. At times, he was even horrified by the powers hiding in his mind and heart. He was certain-in fact-he knew that his potential had no limits. He knew that he could accumulate power that would dwarf the power of ancient kings; he knew that he could write books that would shake the minds of generations to come; he knew that he could invent things that would forever change the lives of millions of people. He lived, constantly feeling the power within-and that power knew no bounds.

There was only one obstacle: having such a potential, but only one life, he had to make a choice. He had to decide where to apply all of his enormous abilities. Making that decision was extremely hard, for any choice meant cutting off some future achievements. And so in the meantime, he went to school, graduated, found a respectable well-paid job, married, and bred children. And he spent every minute of his spare time trying to decide where he should apply all his might. Even though he was not interested in applying it to his work, his power was impossible to hide. He was successful in everything he touched, and he earned great respect of the people who worked with him. And all the while, he thought to himself: Imagine what I would achieve once I concentrate entirely on the area of my choice.

Time went by, and he grew older. Some roads he used to dream about became closed to him. But there was still so much he could accomplish. And he kept thinking hard while working, raising children, dealing with everyday problems, and knowing that his potential had no limits. And most people who knew him were of the same opinion, for it was impossible not to realize this, being around him for a while.

One day, a sudden chest pain made him come home early. He dragged his feet to the bathroom. There, feeling weak and empty, he looked in the mirror. A worn-out, gray-haired man stared back at him. But his eyes, though red and tired, were still full of unrealized potential. He peered into these eyes and, all of a sudden, realized one simple truth. The next moment, the pain pierced his heart again, and it stopped beating forever.

The truth that came upon him was rather simple. People only flatter themselves by thinking that they could have achieved this or that if not for such-and-such circumstances. Yet this is nothing but delusion. At any given moment, as long as you've been healthy and haven't been thrown into the midst of war, crime or forces of nature, you always achieve everything you can. You simply lack something that is necessary for achieving that goal you've never reached-a talent, a skill, willpower, a set of priorities, or something else. Like it or not, realize it or not, believe it or not, but you simply lack it. You just think you've got what it takes, and only these insurmountable difficulties have prevented you from reaching the ultimate heights. But in reality, what you don't achieve is something you're not capable of achieving.
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愛情將兩個人由陌生變成熟悉, 又由熟悉變成陌生。 『一見如故』原來是很快跟一個異性打得火熱的藉口, 而『你很陌生』則是向相戀多年的情人提出分手的理由。《禁果之味》

無法廝守終生的愛情,不過是人在長途旅程中,來去匆匆的轉機站,無論停留多久,始終要離去坐另一班機。《我微笑,是為了你微笑》

最好的丈夫, 是讓妻子享盡榮華富貴的丈夫。 最好的情人 是隨傳隨到, 而且每天令我有驚喜。《貼身感覺》

一個承諾在最需要的時候沒有兌現,那就是出賣,以後再兌現,已經沒什麼意思了。《懸浮在空中的吻》

喜歡了一個人,但是你身邊或他身邊已經有另外一個人了。每次跟他見面也很快樂,分手之後卻很旁徨,要不顧一切走在一起嗎?不是不可以,只是,這樣做的話,大家都要犧牲很多,大家都會很痛苦,尤其一腳踏兩船的那一個。喜歡一個人,當然不希望他受到折磨,於是,只好不再接近他,寧願大家一起忍受那小小的痛苦、小小的寂寞、小小的思念……
現在雖然不能一起,甚至將來也不會一起,然而,那微小的痛苦,卻能滋養生命,讓你知道,永遠有一個人,遠遠的、輕輕的愛著你。 《懸浮在空中的吻》

男人對女人的傷害,不一定是他愛上了別人,而是他在她有所期待的時候讓她失望,在她脆弱的時候沒有扶她一把,在她成功的時候竟然妒忌她。《思念裏的流浪狗》

那個時候,我沒有想過,我是一個既想要麵包,也想要愛情的女人。
告訴我,我和你是不是會有明天?時間盡頭,會不會有你的思念?在你給我最後、最無可奈何的歎息之前,會不會給我那樣的眼神——最早,也最迷亂?深情是我擔不起的重擔,情話只是偶然兌現的謊言。因為你,我甘願冒這一次險,即使沒有明天……
——《三月裏的幸福餅》

有時候,我們會後悔開始,如果沒有開始,我們也許永遠可以回味當天那種互相深聽、互相猜測的興奮。假如沒有和你開始,我會不會有另外的際遇?不管會有甚麼結果?我還是寧願跟你開始,因為我更想知道和你相愛的滋味。《在天涯尋覓你》

有些愛情只是幻像, 我們以為自己不能離開那個人,後來卻發現,要離開他, 並沒有想像中那麼困難。要忘記他,也幾乎不需要花甚麼功夫。有些愛情卻不是幻像,我們以為自己可以忘記那個人,因為愛情發生的時間只是那麼短暫。然而, 我們後來卻發現,要忘記他,比想像中困難許多。《流波上的舞》


離別與重逢,是人生不停上演的戲,習慣了,也就不再悲愴。《三月裏的幸福餅》

我們總是寧願相信,兩個曾經深愛過的人,分開之後,仍然有一條繩子聯繫著的。寂寞或失意的時候,我們會拉緊那條繩子,想念繩子另一端的人;他現在過著怎樣的生活呢?他愛著誰呢?離別之後,他會不會為了使我刮目相看而更加努力?他會想念著我嗎?還是,這一切一切,只是女人的一廂情願?我們總是希望舊情人沒法忘記自己,一輩子受盡思念的。《麵包樹出走了》


為什麼我們總不懂得珍惜眼前人?在未可預知的重逢裏,我們以為總會重逢,總會有緣再會,總以為有機會說一聲對不起,卻從沒想過每一次揮手道別,都可能是訣別,每一聲歎息,都可能是人間最後的一聲歎息。 《三月裏的幸福餅》

喜歡一個人,是不會有痛苦的。愛一個人,也許有綿長的痛苦,但他給我的快樂,也是世上最大的快樂。
凡事皆有代價,快樂的代價便是痛苦。

緣起緣滅,緣濃緣淡,不是我們能夠控制的。我們能做到的,是在因緣際會的時侯好好的珍惜那短暫的時光。

愛情要完結的時候自會完結,到時候,你不想畫上句號也不行。

愛上一個人的時候,總會有點害怕,怕得到他;怕失掉他。

最厲害的病毒,是愛和謊言。

愛火,還是不應該重燃的。重燃了,從前那些美麗的回憶也會化為烏有。如果我們沒有重聚,也許我會帶著他深深的思念活著,直到肉體衰朽;可是,這一刻,我卻恨他。所有的美好日子,已經遠遠一去不回了。

愛,從來就是一件千回百轉的事。不曾被離棄,不曾受傷害,怎懂得愛人? 愛,原來是一種經歷,但願人長久。

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