Living in the Moment, Like a Dog: English Reading Practice

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Happy likes to sleep…sometimes in strange positions!

I was chatting with one of my students today about the post I made on Monday about positive thinking. That conversation brought us to the topic of life in general, and so I shared with her my basic philosophy of life, which is, “Live in the moment…like a dog.” Let me explain.

You are reading this blog now, but like most people, you may be thinking about what happened yesterday or what you will do tomorrow. Sometimes, humans worry about the past, or get anxious about the future. Dogs, on the other hand, live in the present moment. They never worry about the past or the future.

My dog, Happy, likes chasing squirrels, but luckily she never catches them! If Happy was a human, she might have some regrets about her inability to catch squirrels. But, Happy is a dog, and I am sure she doesn’t wake up in the morning feeling bad because she failed to catch a squirrel yesterday. Likewise, I don’t think she worries whether or not she will be able catch a squirrel tomorrow. I always try to live in the moment. You can’t change the past, so why worry about it? You can’t control the future, so why worry about it?

When you have your next TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, or EIKEN exam, do you best to prepare for it, and try to relax the day of the test. Worrying and being nervous won’t help you get a better score.