|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Road to Oz by L. Frank Baum:
to it. She thought the words were something like these:
The only way to do a thing
Is do it when you can,
And do it cheerfully, and sing
And work and think and plan.
The only real unhappy one
Is he who dares to shirk;
The only really happy one
Is he who cares to work.
Whatever Johnny Dooit was singing he was certainly doing things, and
they all stood by and watched him in amazement.
The Road to Oz
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Republic by Plato:
To spare them is infinitely better.
Then no Hellene should be owned by them as a slave; that is a rule which
they will observe and advise the other Hellenes to observe.
Certainly, he said; they will in this way be united against the barbarians
and will keep their hands off one another.
Next as to the slain; ought the conquerors, I said, to take anything but
their armour? Does not the practice of despoiling an enemy afford an
excuse for not facing the battle? Cowards skulk about the dead, pretending
that they are fulfilling a duty, and many an army before now has been lost
from this love of plunder.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
her thoughts and decided on the first duties to be done.
"Here, ma'am. Oh, let me do something!" cried the boy,
hurrying from the next room whither he had withdrawn, feeling that
their first sorrow was too sacred for even his friendly eyes to see.
"Send a telegram saying I will come at once. The next train
goes early in the morning. I'll take that."
"What else? The horses are ready. I can go anywhere, do
anything," he said, looking ready to fly to the ends of the earth.
"Leave a note at Aunt March's. Jo, give me that pen and paper."
Tearing off the blank side of one of her newly copied pages,
Jo drew the table before her mother, well knowing that money for the