??To a large degree, the measure of our peace of mind is determined by how much we are able to live in the present moment. Irrespective of what happened yesterday or last year, and what may or may not happend tomorrow, the present moment is where you are-always!
Without question, many of us have mastered the neurotic art of spending much of our lives worrying about a variety of things-all at once. We allow past problems and future concerns to dominate our present moments, so much that we end up anxious, frustrated, depressed, and hopeless. On the flip side, we also postpone our gratification, ourstated priorities, and our happiness, often convincing ourselves that “someday” will be better than today. Unfortunately, the same mental dynamics that tell us to look toward the future will only repeat themselves so that “someday” never actually arrives. John Lennon once said, “life is what’s happening while we’re busy making other plans.” When we’re busy making “other plans”, our children are busy growing up, the people we love are moving away and dying, our bodies are getting out of shape, and our dreams are slipping away. In short, we miss out on life.
Many people live as if life were a dress rehearsal for some later date. It isn’t. In fact, no one has a guarantee that he or she will be
here tomorrow. Now is the only time we have, and the only time that we have any control over. When our attention is in the present moment, we push fear from our minds. Fear is the concern over events that might happen in the future-we won’t have enough money, our children will get into trouble, we will get old and die, whatever.
To combat fear, the best strategy is to learn to bring your attention back to the present. Mark Twain said, “I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” I don’t think I can say it any better. Practice keeping your attention on the here and now. Your efforts will pay great dividends.
1.The purpose of this passage is to tell readers ________.
A. people who are busy making plans are living actively
B. how to help others overcome fear
C. we ought to learn to live in the present moment
D. someone who only enjoys the present time usually wastes his time blindly
2. It implies that ________.
A. many people know how to combat fear
B. it isn’t necessary to fear for future
C. you can gain more happiness by postponing your gratification
D. some people make plans for their children in order to improve their own lives when they are elder some day
Best Answer: B
3.”Many people live as if life were a dress rehearsal” suggests that _________.
A. they always wish to be an actor or an actress
B. they believe that their present life is prepared for their future life
C. they are always busy making plan for future rather than keep their attention on the here and now
D. they all have a guarantee that they will be alive tomorrow
Best Answer: C
4.”Dividends” in the last paragraph means ________.
A. division of your happier and misery life
B. benefits in return for your efforts
D. difference between your current state of mind and what you were
Best Answer: B
5.Why are some people depressed and anxious day and night?
A. Because they fear they cannot pass their tests.
B. Because past problems and future concerns dominate their present moment.
C. Because the people they love want to leave them alone.
D. Because they make some mistakes in the past.
Best Answer: B