|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Just Folks by Edgar A. Guest:
And count the task worth while,
Nor will I dismally complain
While Buddy wears a smile.
What's one mouth more at any board
Though costly be the fare?
The poorest of us can afford
His frugal meal to share.
And so bring on the extra plate,
He will not need a cup,
And gladly will I pay the freight
Now Buddy's got a pup.
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:
graduated at Harvard, wishes to see something of the war before
it ends. I do not wish to put him in the ranks, nor yet to give
him a commission, to which those who have already served long are
better entitled, and better qualified to hold. Could he, without
embarrassment to you, or detriment to the service, go into your
military family with some nominal rank, I and not the public
furnishing the necessary means? If no, say so without the least
hesitation, because I am as anxious and as deeply interested that
you shall not be encumbered as you can be yourself.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft:
he would next day shew him the wonders of the twilight city, and
lead him to the taverns of the onyx-miners by the northern wall.
And evening fell, and little bronze lamps were lighted, and the
sailors in that tavern sang songs of remote places. But when from
its high tower the great bell shivered over the city, and the
peal of the horns and viols and voices rose cryptical in answer
thereto, all ceased their songs or tales and bowed silent till
the. last echo died away. For there is a wonder and a strangeness
on the twilight city of Inquanok, and men fear to be lax in its
rites lest a doom and a vengeance lurk unsuspectedly close.
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath