|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
ground, and to move when on a slope; if four-cornered, to come to
a standstill, but if round-shaped, to go rolling down.
[Ts`au Kung calls this "the use of natural or inherent
23. Thus the energy developed by good fighting men is as
the momentum of a round stone rolled down a mountain thousands
of feet in height. So much on the subject of energy.
[The chief lesson of this chapter, in Tu Mu's opinion, is
the paramount importance in war of rapid evolutions and sudden
rushes. "Great results," he adds, "can thus be achieved with
The Art of War
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
and then nothing would do but he must take a peep inside the nut
to see if Ill-Luck was really there. So he picked and pulled at
the wooden plug, until at last out it came; and--phst! pop! out
came Ill-Luck along with it.
Plague take the Fiddler! say I.
"Listen," says Ill-Luck. "It has been many a long day that I have
been in that hazel-nut, and you are the man that has let me out;
for once in a way I will do a good turn to a poor human body."
Therewith, and without giving the Fiddler time to speak a word,
Ill-Luck caught him up by the belt, and--whiz! away he flew like
a bullet, over hill and over valley; over moor and over mountain,
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain:
Several fools--no, I mean several tourists--usually go together,
and divide up the expense, and thus make it light;
for if only one f--tourist, I mean--went, he would have
to have several guides and porters, and that would make the
We went into the Chief's office. There were maps
of mountains on the walls; also one or two lithographs
of celebrated guides, and a portrait of the scientist
In glass cases were some labeled fragments of boots
and batons, and other suggestive relics and remembrances