I've heard from and talked to many people who described how Mother Nature simplified their lives for them.They'd lost their home and many or all of their possessions through tires, floods, earthquakes, or some other disaster. Losing everything you own under such circumstances can be distressing, but the people I've heard from all saw their loss. ultimately, as a blessing.
"The fire saved us the agony of deciding what to keep and what to get rid of," one woman wrote. And once all those things were no longer there, she and her husband saw how they had weighed them down and complicated their lives.
"There was to much stuff we never used and that was just taking up space- We vowed when we started over we'd replace only what we needed,and this time we'd do it right. We've kept our promise: we don't have much now, but what we have is exactly what we want."
Though we've never had a catastrophic loss such as that, Gibbs and I did have a close call shortly before we decided to simplify. AI that time we lived in a fire zone. One night a firestorm raged through and destroyed over six hundred homes in our community. That tragedy gave us the opportunity to look objectively atthe goods we'd accumulated.
We saw that there was so much we could get rid of and not only never miss, but be better off without. Having almost lost it all. we found it much casier to let go of the things we knew we'd never use again.
Obviously, there's a tremendous difference between getting rid of possessions and losing them through a natural disaster without having a say in the matter. And this is not to minimize the tragedy and pain such aloss can generate.
But you might think about how you would approach the acquisition process if you had to do all over again. Look around your home and make a list or what you would replace.
Make another fist of things you wouldn't acquire again no matter what, and in fact would be happy to be rid of.
When you're ready to start unloading some of your stuff, that list will be a good place to start.
l.Many people whose possessions were destroyed in natural disasters eventually considered their loss________________.
2.After all their possessions were last in the fire, the woman and her husband felt that their lives were____________________.
3.What do we know about the author's house from the sentence "Gibbs and I did have a close call..." (Lines 1-2, Para. 4.)?
4.According to the author, getting rid of possessions and losing them through a natural disaster are vastly____________________.
5.What does the author suggest people do with unnecessary things?
解析：根据题干eventually和considered分别是原文该句中的ultimately和saw... as的同义转换，原文中的the people指的是上句中说的在自然灾害中失去财产的人，和题干的主语相同，所以原文中as后的a blessing即为本题答案。
[定位]根据her husband和their lives查找到第2段末句。
3.[It narrowly escaped the firestorm.]
[定位]根据Gibbs and I did have a close call...查找到第4段首句。
解析：第4段首句后的内容讲到作者所在社区经历了一场火灾，由a close call可知作者侥幸地脱险了，而根据Though we've never...可知作者的财产也完好，故推知作者自己的家侥幸地逃脱火灾的洗劫。因此本题答案为It narrowly escaped the firestorm。
[定位]根据getting rid of possessions查找到第6段首句。
5.[Be/Get rid of them.]
[定位]根据do with unnecessary things查找到倒数第2段。