It’s never too late to admit that you are in the wrong. Being humans, we all need to know the art of 1 . Look back with 2 and think how often you’ve judged roughly, said unkind things, and pushed yourself ahead at the 3 of a friend. Then count the occasions when you indicated clearly and truly that you were 4 . A bit frightening, isn’t it? It is frightening because some deep wisdom 5 us knows that when even a small wrong has been committed, some mysterious moral feeling is disturbed; and it stays out of 6 until fault is acknowledged and 7 expressed.
I remember a doctor friend, Clarence Lieb, telling me about a man who came to him with a variety of 8 : headaches, insomnia and stomach trouble. No physical cause could be 9 . Finally Dr. Lieb said to the man, “ 10 you tell me what’s worrying you, I can’t help you.”
After some 11 , the man confessed that, as executor (执行人) of his father’s will, he had been 12 his brother, who lived abroad, of his inheritance (继承权). Then and there the 13 old doctor made the man 14 to his brother asking for forgiveness and enclosing a cheque as the first step in restoring their good 15 . He then went with him to the mailbox in the corridor (走廊). As the letter disappeared, the man burst into 16 . “Thank you,” he said, “I think I’m 17 .” And he was.
A heartfelt apology can not only heal a damage relationship but also make it 18 . If you can think of someone who 19 an apology from you, someone you have wronged, or judged too roughly, or just neglected, do something about 20 right now.
1.A.apologizing B.expressing C.speaking D.explaining
2.A.truth B.honesty C.value D.pleasure
3.A.loss B.price C.failure D.expense
4.A.bad B.sad C.sorry D.surprised
5.A.for B.with C.about D.in
6.A.problem B.balance C.heart D.trouble
7.A.regret B.interest C.care D.kindness
8.A.shows B.complaints C.signs D.questions
9.A.trusted B.tested C.examined D.found
10.A.Whether B.Unless C.When D.Until
11.A.decision B.recalling C.hesitation D.remembering
12.A.cheating B.lying C.telling D.taking
13.A.wise B.eager C.puzzled D.excited
14.A.travel B.apologize C.write D.express
15.A.relation B.condition C.situation D.attention
16.A.smiles B.crying C.laughing D.tears
17.A.treated B.cured C.caught D.arrested
18.A.harder B.wider C.warmer D.stronger
19.A.needs B.deserves C.requires D.requests
20.A.him B.these C.it D.one