|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln by Helen Nicolay:
murder and be hanged for it, and that he could not possibly guard
against all danger unless he shut himself up in an iron box,
where he could scarcely perform the duties of a President.
He therefore went in and out before the people, always unarmed,
generally unattended. He received hundreds of visitors in a day,
his breast bare to pistol or knife. He walked at midnight, with a
single Secretary or alone, from the Executive Mansion to the War
Department and back. In summer he rode through lonely roads from
the White House to the Soldiers' Home in the dusk of the evening,
and returned to his work in the morning before the town was
astir. He was greatly annoyed when it was decided that there must
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from King James Bible:
shall dwell in the fenced cities because of the inhabitants of the land.
NUM 32:18 We will not return unto our houses, until the children of
Israel have inherited every man his inheritance.
NUM 32:19 For we will not inherit with them on yonder side Jordan, or
forward; because our inheritance is fallen to us on this side Jordan
NUM 32:20 And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye
will go armed before the LORD to war,
NUM 32:21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the LORD,
until he hath driven out his enemies from before him,
NUM 32:22 And the land be subdued before the LORD: then afterward ye
King James Bible
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Ball at Sceaux by Honore de Balzac:
that had come over the Court. "Formerly," he said to himself, "every
one could speak freely to the King of his own little affairs; the
nobles could ask him a favor, or for money, when it suited them, and
nowadays one cannot recover the money advanced for his service without
raising a scandal! By Heaven! the cross of Saint-Louis and the rank of
brigadier-general will not make good the three hundred thousand livres
I have spent, out and out, on the royal cause. I must speak to the
King, face to face, in his own room."
This scene cooled Monsieur de Fontaine's ardor all the more
effectually because his requests for an interview were never answered.
And, indeed, he saw the upstarts of the Empire obtaining some of the