为你读书：A Perfect Heart 《完美的心》
人生在世，我们会因各种因缘际会而结识不同的人。我们付出爱，于是有些人也以爱做出回应，陪伴我们走过一程，在我们心里留下了温暖的背影；有些人却也可能怀有敌意，种种的伤害和误解使我们的心变得沟壑纵横。今天分享的文章A Perfect Heart 《完美的心》告诉我们，付出爱本就是一种冒险，无论最后收获的是同等的爱还是新的伤痕，这些都会成为你日后独一无二的回忆。
One day a young man was standing in the middle of the town proclaiming that he had the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered, and they all admired his heart for it was perfect. There was not a flaw in it.
Suddenly, an old man appeared and said, "Hey, your heart is not nearly as beautiful as mine!"
The crowd and the young man looked at the old man's heart. It was full of scars. It had places where pieces had been removed and other pieces put in, but they didn't fit quite right, and there were several jagged edges. In fact, in some places there were deep gouges where whole pieces were missing.
The young man laughed. "Comparing your heart with mine, mine is perfect and yours is a mess of scars."
"Yes," said the old man, "Yours looks perfect but I would never trade with you. You see, every scar represents a person to whom I have given my love. I tear out a piece of my heart and give it to them, and often they give me a piece of their heart that fits into the empty place in my heart. "
"But because the pieces aren't exact,I have some rough edges, which I cherish, because they remind me of the love we shared."
"Sometimes I have given pieces of my heart away, and the other person hasn't returned a piece of his or her heart to me. These are the empty gouges--giving love is taking a chance. "
"Although these gouges are painful, they stay open, reminding me of the love I have for those people too, and I hope someday they may return and fill the space I've been waiting. So now do you see what true beauty is?"
The young man walked up to the old man, reached into his perfect heart, and ripped a piece out. He offered it to the old man.
The old man placed it in his heart, then took a piece from his old scarred heart and placed it in the wound in the young man's heart. It fit, but not perfectly, as there were some jagged edges.
The young man looked at his heart, not perfect anymore but more beautiful than ever, since love from the old man's heart flowed into his.
They embraced and walked away side by side.
How sad it must be to go through life with a whole untouched heart!
proclaim [prə'kleɪm] vt. 宣告，公布
例句：Britain proudly proclaims that it is a nation of animal lovers.
jag [dʒæg] vt. 使……成锯齿状
例句：I don't know how long my crying jag lasted.
tear out 撕掉，扯开；拔出
例句：She tore several pictures out of the magazine.