快樂的理由

2006 年 3 月 31 日
快樂的理由
我們有一次帶我們的孩子去海邊. 他們非常喜歡游泳, 我也想到這次會是個不錯的機會讓他們體會我們為他們所作的一切. 所以我就試著試探他們的反應.
“你快樂嗎?” 我問了我的大兒子, 他當時只有11歲.
“快樂啊” 他回答.
“你為什麼快樂呢?” 我問了他, 原本期待著他會說因為我們帶他們來海邊.
他想了一下, 回答說,” 爸, 為什麼呢? 我需要理由嗎?”
我稍微想了一下, 他說的沒錯. 我們大人總是想著每一件事情都需要理由.
我們不需要快樂的理由.
快樂應該是最自然的事, 不需要任何理由.
而你若不快樂, 你應該要一直問你自己你不快樂的理由.
畢竟, 你若有10個快樂的理由, 而有2個不快樂的理由, 邏輯上來說, 10 應該可以贏過2. 我們為什麼到最後都不快樂呢?
A Reason to be Happy
We were taking our children to a resort. The children loved swimming, and I figured it was a good time to have them appreciate what we were doing for them. So I tried to needle some nice feedback.
“Are you happy?” I asked my eldest kid, who is now 11.
“yes, ” he answered.
“Why?” I asked, expecting him to say he was happy because we brought them to the place.
He thought sometime about it, and asked back, “Dad, why? Do I need a reason?”
On second thought, he was right. Maybe us grownups seemed jaded to think we should have a reason for everything.
 

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