Years ago, I lived in a building in a large city. The building next door was only a few feet away from mine. There was a woman who lived there, whom I had ______(1) met, yet I could see her seated by her window each afternoon, sewing or reading.
After several months had ______(2), I began to notice that her window was dirty. Everything was unclear ______(3) the dirty window. I would say to ______(4), “I wonder why that woman doesn‟t wash her window. It really looks ______(5).”
One bright morning I decided to clean my flat, ______(6) washing the window on the inside.
Later in the afternoon when I finished the cleaning, I sat down by the window with a cup of coffee for a rest. What a ______(7)! Across the way, the woman sitting by her window, ______(8) all the time I was watching hers through my own dirty window.
That was ______(9) an important lesson for me. How often had I ______(10) and criticized others through the dirty window of my heart, through my own shortcomings?
Since then, whenever I wanted to judge someone, I asked myself first, “Am I looking at him through my own dirty window?”
Then I try to clean the window of my own world so that I may see the world about me more clearly.
1. A. ever B. before C. never D. once
2. A. gone B. gone by C. gone off D. gone away
3. A. in B. across C. through D. on
4. A. me B. myself C. I D. my
5. A. terrible B. ugly C. good D. surprising
6. A. containing B. includes C. contains D. including
7. A. shock B. excitement C. surprise D. joy
8. A. however B. but C. though D. because
9. A. so B. very C. quite D. too
10. A. looked B. looked at C. looked for D. looked into