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When Spring cleaning season arrived this year I decided that it was time to get rid of more than just a Winter's worth of dust and dirt. I decided that it was the time to get rid of years worth of accumulated stuff as well. This stuff was lining my walls, filling my shelves, and crowding my closets.
又到了今年的春日清潔季,我想著需要清潔的不止是一個冬天的污垢塵霾,還有多年累積的雜物。這些雜物有的靠著墻,有的在架子上,還有的在我擁擠的衣櫥。

This stuff was my home and my mind and not bringing me one bit of happiness. I couldn't even remember how I got some of it, but I knew I wanted it gone.
家里的東西亂成一團,想到這我一點都高興不起來。我都想不起來是什么時候有的,現在我只想讓它們快點消失。

It turned out to be an even bigger job than I thought. Twenty year old bills and receipts were in the trash. File cabinets were cleaned of papers that were no longer necessary or needed.
清理它們比我想象的要工程浩大。二十年內的帳單發票、文件夾中用不上的廢紙,統統丟進垃圾箱。

Broken bowls, pans, and knickknacks were finally thrown away. clothes were hauled out of the closet and bagged up to be given away to the local Goodwill.
破掉的碗、變形的平底鍋、有裂縫的小擺件都扔掉了。從衣柜整理出不穿的衣物,打包捐給當地的慈善機構。

Old books were boxed up to be passed on for others to read and enjoy. It took several days to get it all done,but in the end I was able to walk through a home that seemed a little less cluttered. My heart was a lot lighter too. It felt so good to be able to get rid of all the junk and to just focus on the stuff in life again.
舊書入箱傳遞給別人悅讀。我花了好幾天的時候才把這些事情都辦妥。當我在家中巡視感覺沒那么亂了,心情也較之前釋然不少,丟棄無用之物,把心思放在重要的事情上,讓人怡然自得。

What is the essential stuff? What is the stuff that brings meaning to our days? A loving heart is essential. A joyful spirit is essential. A soul full of goodness and God is essential.
什么是重要的事情?這些事情對我們要度過的每一天有什么意義?有一顆仁愛之心非常重要。有一個積極向上的靈魂非常重要。心存善念和上帝非常重要。

And a lifefull of sharing all of these things is absolutely essential. The essential stuff can't be bought, sold, or stored. It can only be chosen, created, and given away. The essential stuff is the stuff we all really want. It is the stuff we all really need.
懂得施予也有其重要。真正重要的事情不可以買賣或者存儲。它們只可以被選擇、被創造、被放棄。真正重要的東西是我們想要且需要的。

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(翻譯:林潯鷗)