|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Virginian by Owen Wister:
there, good; I could fish and be happy. If he were there but not
ready to start, good; I could still fish and be happy. And
remembering my Eastern helplessness in the year when we had met
first, I enjoyed thinking how I had come to be trusted. In those
days I had not been allowed to go from the ranch for so much as
an afternoon's ride unless tied to him by a string, so to speak;
now I was crossing unmapped spaces with no guidance. The man who
could do this was scarce any longer a "tenderfoot."
My vision, as I rode, took in serenely the dim
foot-hills,--to-morrow's goal,--and nearer in the vast wet plain
the clump of cottonwoods, and still nearer my lodging for
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale:
All that could never be said,
All that could never be done,
Wait for us at last
Somewhere back of the sun;
All the heart broke to forego
Shall be ours without pain,
We shall take them as lightly as girls
Pluck flowers after rain.
And when they are ours in the end
Perhaps after all
The skies will not open for us
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Ivanhoe by Walter Scott:
``and if I had a horse, I would be your guide,
for the way is somewhat intricate, though perfectly
well known to me.''
``Thou shalt have both thanks and reward, my
friend,'' said the Prior, ``if thou wilt bring us to
Cedric's in safety.''
And he caused one of his attendants to mount
his own led horse, and give that upon which he had
hitherto ridden to the stranger, who was to serve
for a guide.
Their conductor pursued an opposite road from