One day, a professor entered his classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test.
They all waited anxiously(焦急的等待) at their desks for the exam to begin. The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual.
Once he handed them all out, he asked the students to turn over the papers.
To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions–just a black dot in the centre of the paper.
The professor, seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, told them the following: “I want you to write about what you see there.”
The students, confused, got started on the inexplicable task.
At the end of the class, the professor took all the exams, and started reading each one of them out loud in front of all the students.
All of them, with no exception(没有一个例外), defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the centre of the sheet.
After all the students’ writings had been read and the classroom was silent, the professor started to explain:
“I’m not going to grade you on this, I just wanted to give you something to think about; No one wrote about the white part of the paper.
Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same thing happens in our lives.
We insist on focusing only on the ‘black dot’: – the health issues(健康问题) that bother us, the lack of money we have, the complicated relationship with a family member, the disappointment in a friend. “
The dark spots however, are very small when compared to everything else we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds.
Take your eyes away from the black dots in your life.
Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!”
1. Hand out : 分发 2.insists something/doing something :坚持做某事 3.Pollute one's mind :污染..的大脑