|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Ivanhoe by Walter Scott:
nor know I how soon cause of offence may
arise, or how warmly it may be received---it is
time this revel were broken off.''
``It must be by your management then, gallant
yeoman,'' said Ivanhoe; ``for each hint I have essayed
to give him serves only to induce him to prolong
``Must I so soon risk the pardon and favour of
my Sovereign?'' said Robin Hood, pausing for all
instant; ``but by Saint Christopher, it shall be so.
I were undeserving his grace did I not peril it for
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum:
am to do first."
"You will find in the bottom of your boat the silver
cord which dropped from Coo-ee-oh's hand when she was
transformed," said the goldfish. "Tie one end of that
cord to the bow of your boat and drop the other end to
us in the water. Together we will pull your boat to the
Ervic much doubted that the three small fishes could
move so heavy a boat, but he did as he was told and the
fishes all seized their end of the silver cord in their
mouths and headed toward the nearest shore, which was
Glinda of Oz
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from What is Man? by Mark Twain:
Y.M. Oh, come, that won't do!
O.M. Why won't it?
Y.M. Because it puts him in the attitude of always looking
out for his own comfort and advantage; whereas an unselfish man
often does a thing solely for another person's good when it is a
positive disadvantage to himself.
O.M. It is a mistake. The act must do HIM good, FIRST;
otherwise he will not do it. He may THINK he is doing it solely
for the other person's sake, but it is not so; he is contenting
his own spirit first--the other's person's benefit has to always
take SECOND place.
What is Man?