|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart:
listening to me, "and yesterday I ran over a sheep; nearly went into
the ditch. But there's a Providence that watches over fools and
lovers, and just now I know darned well that I'm one, and I have a
sneaking idea I'm both."
"You are both," I said with disgust. "If you can be rational for
one moment, I wish you would tell me why that man Sullivan called me
over the telephone yesterday morning."
"Probably hadn't yet discovered the Bronson notes - providing you
hold to your theory that the theft was incidental to the murder.
May have wanted his own clothes again, or to thank you for yours.
Search me: I can't think of anything else." The doctor came in
The Man in Lower Ten
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from A Heap O' Livin' by Edgar A. Guest:
Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;
It blights a man's purpose and shortens his
Despise it with all of your hatred of error;
Refuse it the lodgment it seeks in your brain;
Arm against it as a creature of terror,
And all that you dream of you some day shall
_Can't_ is the word that is foe to ambition,
An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;
Its prey is forever the man with a mission
A Heap O' Livin'
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Z. Marcas by Honore de Balzac:
find employment of any kind; he was spoken of as a dangerous man,
calumny attacked him; he had unmasked a huge financial and mercantile
job by a few articles and a pamphlet. He was known to be a mouthpiece
of a banker who was said to have paid him largely, and from whom he
was supposed to expect some patronage in return for his championship.
Marcas, disgusted by men and things, worn out by five years of
fighting, regarded as a free lance rather than as a great leader,
crushed by the necessity of earning his daily bread, which hindered
him from gaining ground, in despair at the influence exerted by money
over mind, and given over to dire poverty, buried himself in a garret,
to make thirty sous a day, the sum strictly answering to his needs.