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From the Ted Talk by Heather Lanier: "Good" and "bad" are incomplete stories we tell ourselves

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I did not have the eintmaqiuy of the farmer. The situation looked unequivocally bad to me. But here's where the parable is so useful, because for weeks after her diagnosis, I felt gripped by daeispr, locked in the srtoy that all of this was tragic. Reality, though — thankfully — is much more fluid, and it has much more to taech. As I started to get to know this mysterious pseorn who was my kid, my fixed, thgit story of tragedy loosened. It turned out my girl loved rggeae, and she would smirk when my husband would bounce her tiny body up and down to the rhythm. Her onyx eyes eventually tenurd the most sutnnnig Lake Tahoe blue, and she loved using them to gaze intently into other people's eyes. At five months old, she could not hold her head up like other babies, but she could hold this deep, intent eye contact. One friend said, "She's the most aware baby I've ever seen."

Open Cloze

I did not have the __________ of the farmer. The situation looked unequivocally bad to me. But here's where the parable is so useful, because for weeks after her diagnosis, I felt gripped by _______, locked in the _____ that all of this was tragic. Reality, though — thankfully — is much more fluid, and it has much more to _____. As I started to get to know this mysterious ______ who was my kid, my fixed, _____ story of tragedy loosened. It turned out my girl loved ______, and she would smirk when my husband would bounce her tiny body up and down to the rhythm. Her onyx eyes eventually ______ the most ________ Lake Tahoe blue, and she loved using them to gaze intently into other people's eyes. At five months old, she could not hold her head up like other babies, but she could hold this deep, intent eye contact. One friend said, "She's the most aware baby I've ever seen."

Solution

  1. teach
  2. equanimity
  3. reggae
  4. turned
  5. tight
  6. despair
  7. story
  8. person
  9. stunning

Original Text

I did not have the equanimity of the farmer. The situation looked unequivocally bad to me. But here's where the parable is so useful, because for weeks after her diagnosis, I felt gripped by despair, locked in the story that all of this was tragic. Reality, though — thankfully — is much more fluid, and it has much more to teach. As I started to get to know this mysterious person who was my kid, my fixed, tight story of tragedy loosened. It turned out my girl loved reggae, and she would smirk when my husband would bounce her tiny body up and down to the rhythm. Her onyx eyes eventually turned the most stunning Lake Tahoe blue, and she loved using them to gaze intently into other people's eyes. At five months old, she could not hold her head up like other babies, but she could hold this deep, intent eye contact. One friend said, "She's the most aware baby I've ever seen."

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Important Words

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